Kootu (Mildly spiced vegetable and lentil gravy)
Kootu means mix in general, and is a typical side dish famous in Tamil Nadu. It is a medium thick stew made with a dal, a single or mixed vegetables, and a coconut based spice mix. There are different versions of kootu, and this version is called "poricha kootu". It's one of the healthiest dishes in the South Indian cuisine. Eaten with rice, with a side of raita or pickle and papad, it makes a wholesome meal.
You can use either toovar dal or spit moong dal for the lentil.
Any vegetable or combination of the following can be used:
Carrots and peas
Ash gourd (white pumpkin, poosanikai)
Broad beans (avarakai, papdi)
Yellow pumpkin (manjal poosanikai)