Jul 04 2006

JFI: Dals~2 Dal kootu with Beans

Published by mythili at 4:36 pm under Green Beans,Toor Dal

This weekend we had some special people visit us. We decided to prepare a grand home-made lunch and dal kootu was one of the dishes that N prepared (ofcos with the help of you-know-who).  Hence here goes another entry to the JFI:Dals event from Vindu :)

Jihva for ingredients

So straight to the recipe.


  • Green beans – 1 pound (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • Toor Dal – 1.5 cups
  • Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
  • Ghee – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Red chillies – 2
  • Coriander – 1/4 cup
  • Curry leaves – 8

For the masala

  • Red Chillies- 4
  • Coriander Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Black pepper – 1 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida – 1/2 tsp
  • Coconut powder – 2 tbsp


1. Prepare the masala : In a small pan heat around 1tsp of oil and fry red chillies, coriander seeds, peppers and asafoetida and take them into a food processor/blender. Add the cocunut powder and a little water. Blend into a smooth paste and keep it aside

2. Prepare the beans and dal : In a pressure cooker add sufficient water, dal and the beans. Sprinkle arouind 1 tsp or turmeric and mix the ingredients. Cook the contents until 3 whistles. Let the pressure release and keep it aside.

3. In a heavy sauce pan take the pressure cooked bean-dal mixture and heat till it boils a little. Add the masala paste too. While this is cooking, in another small pan add 1 tbsp of ghee and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, red chillies and coriander (yes coriander in tadka ). Add this popu to the bean-dal-masala mixture. Stir in sufficient salt and server hot with rice.

Dal kootu ready.

11 responses so far

11 Responses to “JFI: Dals~2 Dal kootu with Beans”

  1. sailajaon 04 Jul 2006 at 9:35 pm

    N’s entry is thru, Mythili. A lovely kootu with green beans. See you guys at the round up..:)

    Mythili replies, Thanks Sailu. I am waiting for your round up

  2. Navon 06 Jul 2006 at 9:11 am

    Dal kootu looks yummy, Mythili! Did you use fresh coconut or dessicated ? I shall definitely give this a try.

    Mythili replies, Thankoooo! Btw I used dessicated coconut.

  3. Priyaon 06 Jul 2006 at 9:04 pm

    Wonderful entry by N ! Kudos to him. :-)
    I make kootu in a similar way but never tried it with green beans..

    Mythili replies, Priya – Thank you so much for your kind words.

  4. PRITYAon 05 Aug 2006 at 10:29 pm


    That was a sumptuous blend of lentils and spices. It looks very appealing! Slightly thick in consistency, it would pair very well with rice and chappatis!

    Meenakshi at PRITYA

  5. Suhanyaon 01 Sep 2006 at 9:09 am

    Can the same recipe be made with moong dal instead of toor dal?

    Mythili replies, Yes. You can make the same with moong dal too.

  6. Swamion 21 Nov 2006 at 10:56 pm

    I tried this and it came good.

  7. Sumaon 10 Jun 2007 at 10:15 pm

    Hi Mythili……saw this recipe & wanted to try it as it was a bit unusual using beans to make kootu. Yummy……we all liked it a lot!! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Nidhinon 15 Oct 2007 at 6:29 am

    It was quite inapproriate to cook it for 3 whistles under pressure. The dal just turned up over cooked! And i have not tasted any dal without onions in it! Strange…
    The reciepe came out just fine with a little bit of additional flavours!

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