The sweetness and nuttiness of freshly grated coconut are enhanced by the mild heat from the chilies, and the fragrance of hing. A sublime experience, this coconut rice is. And gets ready in a jiffy.
A simple, mellow, satvik side dish for rice/roti. It gets done in the time to make a rice and a rasam. And, I promise, you will not smell the trademark cabbage smell. This pairs really great with sambar/rice, or rasam/rice. In my family, we grew up eating most vegetables mixed with plain rice for a starter, with a little drizzle of ghee. This dish provides the good fat from the coconut, and the supposedly cancer-fighting properties of the cabbage.
Kootu is a one pot meal, made with vegetables such as chayote squash, green beans, ash gourd, and one of the dals (toor or moong), mildly spiced, and eaten with rice. It is a healthy wholesome dish, providing carbs, protein, and vitamins all in one shot.