Kootu 2 - With Coconut, Jeera And Chilies
"Kootu" in Tamil means mix. I have heard it being called a melange and for some reason that name turns me off totally. It's a mix of vegetables, cooked paruppu (dhal), and is mildly spiced with coconut, cumin, and chilies. This is a version of the dish that is popular in Palakkad cuisine known as molagootal. The only difference I found is the use of green vs red chilies. This is a simple dish that is mild, and there is no tamarind involved. Just vegetables and lentils. A number of vegetables such as chayote squash, ash gourd (white pumpkin), a mix of squash/carrots/peas/green beans, spinach, all lend themselves to this dish beautifully.