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Koottukari – Sweet n spicy Curry.

1 cup kadala Parippu (Chena dal) or white channa (you can put any of these as you wish)
1 Chena (chopped into small pieces)
A small piece of pumpkin (chopped into small pieces)
1 kaaya (raw plantain) (cut into small pieces)
1 carrot (cut into small pieces)
A pinch of turmeric powder
Salt to taste
1 onion
½ cup Fresh coconut (grated)
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp cumin seeds
Coconut oil as required
For tempering
1 tsp mustard seeds
Few sprigs of curry leaves
1 dry red chilly
If you are using white channa, soak it overnight and then pressure cook it for 2 whistles. Put the chopped vegetables in a bowl and add turmeric powder and salt to it. Pour little water in it and keep it on flame for cooking. When the vegetables are 3/4th cooked, add the white channa or Chena dal. Meanwhile, in a mixie, mix grated coconut, red chili powder, cumin seeds and onion very well with water. When the curry is cooked, add the coconut mix and let it boil for a minute and then switch off the gas flame. For the tempering, heat oil and add mustard seeds. When it crackles, add dry red chili and curry leaves. Pour this tempering over the curry. Serve hot.

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