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brinjal mochai kootu
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Brinjal mochai kootu recipe

Brinjal mochai kootu recipe - brinjal and fresh mochai cooked with moong dal, coconut based accompaniment in south Indian lunch menu.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 3



  • 6 Brinjal small variety
  • ½ cup Mochai fresh peeled
  • ¼ cup Moong dal pasi paruppu
  • 1 tsp Sambar powder
  • tsp Turmeric
  • 3 Shallots Small onion
  • Salt  As needed

To grind

  • ½ cup Grated coconut
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds

To temper

  • 2 tsp Oil
  • ½ tsp Mustard
  • 2 tsp Urad dal
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves


  • Pressure cook moong dal for two whistles with ¾ cup water. Boil fresh mochai in a cup of water. Mean while chop brinjal finely and keep immersed in water.
  • Once the mochai is half done, add salt, turmeric, sambar powder, chopped brinjal, finely chopped onion and enough water, just to immerse the brinjals. Once brinjal is done, grind coconut with jeera and little water and add it to the cooked brinjal, along with cooked moong dal.
  • Mix well, give a boil and temper with the items given under ‘To temper’ table. Mix well.


  • I think you can use dried mochai too, but soak overnight and pressure cook before using it in this recipe.
  • Onion can be ground along coconut and added.
  • Instead of sambar powder, you can also add green chillies or red chillies ground along with the coconut.