Every time I make kootu (which I make most often), I usually follow the simple recipe and I substitute it with different veggies. This evening, I wanted to try Mrs. Saraswathi Viswanthan's recipe and try adding a powder to the kootu mix. I like it because, it not only acts as a thickening agent but also gives a texture to the kootu which I like. This is a powder that can be prepared and stored in a bottle. When needed this podi can be added to the kootu in the end. Sometimes, its nice to taste something different. Next time you are in the mood to make some kootu try adding this podia/powder in the end.
Measuring Cups and Spoons
Udad Dal - 1 cup
Channa Dal - 3/4 cup
Black Pepper - 2 tbsp ( add this ingredient as per your taste)
Red Dry Chillies - 2
Cumin Seeds - 2 tbsp
1. Heat the wok with some oil. Roast all the ingredients, allow to cool and coarsely powder, then store in a bottle.