Vallai Thandu / Plaintain Stem - 2 cups
Moong Dal - 3/4 cups
Green Chilies - 2 -3
Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Onions - 1/2 small
Tomato - 1 medium
Turmeric powder a pinch
Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard Seeds, Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves handful
Red Chilis - 2
How to make the Kootu
Wash and finely chop the stem. Ensure you remove the strings well. This can be soaked in buttermilk if you feel it turns colour.
In a pressure cooker add moong dal, stem pieces, onions, tomatoes, along with green chilies, red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt. Add a cup of water, close the lid and pressure cook for 3 whistles or till done.
Once the pressure is down, remove the lid, heat a pan with oil, tempering with mustard, urad dal, curry leaves and chilis.
Pour this on dal and stem mix. Bring to boil and remove.
This tastes great with rice and rotis.