Green papaya kootu - papali kai kootu
Green papaya kootu - raw papaya can be made as kootu and served as accompaniment in south Indian meals. A simple and delicious kootu, pleasant to eyes as well as tastes great.
- ½ Papaya unripe
- ½ cup Moong dal
- ⅛ tsp Turmeric
- Salt - as needed
- ½ cup Coconut scraped
- 2 Green chilli
- ½ tsp Rice flour
- ½ tsp Cumin seeds
- 2 Small onion/ shallots
- 2 tsp Coconut oil
- ½ tsp Mustard
- 1 tsp Urad dal
- 1 Curry leaves sprig
Peel the papaya's skin well without any green hue. Slice into strips and then chop into cubes.
In a small pressure cooker, add moong dal, top with the chopped papaya, salt, turmeric and water just to immerse the vegetable.
Pressure cook for 3 whistles.Meanwhile grind coconut, green chilli and rice flour with very little water. Add cumin and peeled shallots, give it a run.
Add the ground coconut mixture to the kootu and boil for 2 mins.
Heat a kadai, add oil, splutter mustard, followed by urad dal, curry leaves. Pour it to the kootu and stir well.
- Makes sure not to overcook the vegetable.
- You can cook dal, vegetable separately also and make kootu.
- My chopped papaya came around roughly 2 & ½ cups.
- Skip onion if you do not like. But it lends a nice aroma.