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Vada Kootucurry

Vada kootu curry is a spicy vegetarian curry made with Vadas.  It is urad dal/black gram, soaked and made into a paste, fried and added to a  spicy potato and coconut stew. It is made and served during Sadhyas in southern part of Kerala. It is different from the Kootu curry of Northern Kerala  were veggies like yam and plantains are used along with chick peas. You can use uzhunnuvada and cut into pieces and make this curry. It is flavorful and tastes delicious, especially these urad dal dumplings which get soaked in aromatic and creamy coconut sauce. Try this recipe,you will surely love it.

For the Vadas
Urad dal- 1/2 cup
Green chilly- 2
Whole pepper- a  few
Oil for frying

For the gravy
Potato- 2 large
Onion chopped- 1 medium
Ginger and garlic paste- 2 tsp
Kashmiri Chilly powder- 1 1/2 tsp
 Coriander powder-2 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/3 tsp
Garam Masala- 3/4  tsp
Coconut Milk thick 3/4 cup
Coconut milk thin- 1 1/3 cup

For tempering
Curry leaves
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Urud dal- 1 tsp

To make the vadas
Soak black gram for 4 hours and strain.Grind into a fine paste without adding water.
Add chopped chilly, whole pepper and salt and mix well.
Note:This is optional,it is to enhance flavor.You can just mix in salt and fry.
Heat oil in a pan and take small spoon full of batter and drop little by little into the oil (or shape into tiny vadas). Try to make small ball vadas.Fry in batches till it is golden brown and set aside.

To make the gravy
Heat two tbs of oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds. Next add one tsp urad dal and fry till golden brown. Fry onions, ginger and garlic, curry leaves and green chilly,till there is a nice aroma and onions are golden brown.Add turmeric powder,chilly powder, pepper powder, coriander and garam masala and saute for a few seconds. Add potatoes and thin coconut milk and cook till potatoes are done. Add the thick coconut milk and the fried vadas and simmer for two minutes in low flame.  Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve with rice as a side dish for sadhya or as a side dish with parattas.

Try this...
Hope you will all enjoy.


  1. wow! looks yummy!!! haven't tried this before

  2. New for me and looks so yum ...just drooling over it

  3. Oh my- love your creativity dear- what a unique dish you have made here!
    US Masala

  4. hi suja,
    Saw the pineapple sheera in previous post and was drooling :P now this post of kootu curry is making me hungry

  5. Wowww... Truly delicious.. looks simply amazing..

  6. I always love that.Though the recipe I use is somewhat different.Looks so tempting there.And I think that in itself is a meal.

  7. wow,nice innovation of the classic recipe..will try this out dear!

  8. Delicious kootu curry.fabulously presented.thanks for sharing.

  9. making with urad dal is new to me Suja, Will reserve some batter when i make vada's next time for this yummmylicious recipe..

  10. vada kootu curry looks awesome delicious. my favorite.

  11. Wow! what a treat to my eyes.....koottu curry looks inviting.

  12. I had this kootu maybe 10 years back...thanks for sharing..looks yummy and perfect.

  13. Yummy vada curry, we will do with channa dal, rest every thing is same..

  14. Wow,vada kootu curry new to me,looks delicious and yummy too...

  15. Vada Curry looks awesome. Great recipe. Loved the clicks.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  16. Yummy and delicious recipe.. looks simply awesome.. love the presentation !!
    Indian Cuisine

  17. A new recipe!reminds me of sambar vada, looks tempting!

  18. This is one delicious looking curry over which I am drooling now...bookmarked.

  19. I can finish off the whole bowl right away.

  20. Ethu vishuvinu try cheyyannamenne vicharichatha pakshe nadannilla..This looks super-yummy..Tempting clicks!

  21. kollalloo...ethu nyan kazhichittilla....but photo kandal ariyam super ayirikkum ennu....very interesting recipe dear...I have bookmarked it...:)

  22. Looks totally tempting , new to me though.

  23. wow..looks so nice..never had this..bookmarked dear!!

  24. Vwery unique and delicious curry..

  25. I don't believe I have ever tried or even heard of this one. But it sounds delicious and makes sense:)

  26. wow, what a super looking curry, would love to give it a try.

  27. Quite an interesting recipe .... looks delicious !!


  28. First time here. Nice space. I have never heard of this one. Bookmarked. Drop by my blog when you get a chance. Glad to follow you. :)


  29. Vada are my sure going to try this amazing combo of vada and coconut gravy...

  30. Curry looks delicious and mouth watering. Wonderful presentation.

  31. Mouthwatering here, can have this vada curry happily with some idlis..

  32. A very different and tasty koottu! Nice presentation!!

  33. Looks delish..New recipe to me..

  34. ithu kollalo...onnu try cheyyanam ..yummoooo

  35. im craving vadas after seeing this

  36. Yummy vada kootu curry,whenever this in on the menu its always a feast.

  37. mom used to make this kootu curry...long since I tried some at home..
    tempting click

  38. aaha, it looks mouth-watering suja! slurp

  39. That's new to me...looks extremely delectable....

  40. Lip Smacking and relishing :)

  41. Wonderful recipes..nice blog..first time here...following your blog..

  42. Thanks all for stopping by and for the encouraging comments:)

  43. simple delicious! SUJA - looks very yummy!

  44. Delicious kootu curry. Its new to me. Love to try.

    Hamsamalini Chandrasekaran,


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