- 2-3 cup cabbage – finely chopped
- 1 small cup Bengal gram (channa dal)
- 2 green chilies - slit length wise
- 1/2 lemon
- 1/4 tsp turmeric haldi
- Coriander leaves (optional)
- salt to taste
- 1 small cup coconut – grated
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tbsp rice (for thickening)
- 3-6 green chilies depending on spice level
- 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds jeera
- 1-2 red chilli – broken to pieces
- A few curry leaves
Kootu is a Tamil word meaning “add”; the idea being that the dish is meant to combine different ingredients. Poricha kootu is a fried kootu made with urad dhal and peppers. It makes for a delicious meal, perfect for vegetarians and veggie lovers. This particular dish utilizes cabbage as the main ingredient. It not only provides a myriad number of health properties, but also makes the meal more filling. Be careful on preparing too much poricha kootu, you might find yourself unexpectedly full after the first bowl. Don’t worry if you end up with leftovers, you can always take them to lunch in your Vaya Tyffyn lunchbox.
The primary ingredient in this kootu is cabbage, which is an abundant source of vitamin C. Cabbage can even be richer in vitamin C than oranges, which are considered far and wide to be the vitamin C king. Vitamin C, reduces the number of free radicals in your body which are the fundamental causes of premature aging.
Cabbage also helps heal the body and is very helpful in treating ulcers, certain cancers, and boosting the immune system. It also speeds up the healing process for wounds and damaged tissues, regulates the nervous system, and reduce the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and similar neural diseases.
How to make Cabbage Poricha Kootu