ಬೂದ ಕುಂಬಳಕಾಯಿ ಖಾರ ಕೂಟು – Winter Melon Spicy Kootu

It has been almost 3 years since I posted the recipe for Sweet ot Sihi Kootu. Many of you asked for the recipe for Khara – Spicy Kootu. Even though I prepared this many times in the past 3 years, I really didn’t have anytime to take pictures and post the same. Last weekend, we went to Indian grocery store and brought winter melon, also called ಬೂದ ಕುಂಬಳಕಾಯಿ. My Husband and I kept talking about what to prepare. We had two options, Majjige Huli or Khara Kootu. At last, we decided to prepare Kootu. So, attached below is the pictorial details of how to prepare mouth watering, taste like Rayara Mutta ಬೂದ ಕುಂಬಳಕಾಯಿ ಖಾರ ಕೂಟು – Winter Melon Spicy Kootu.

Ingredients for grinding:

  • 5 red chillies ಕೆಂಪು ಮೆಣಸಿನಕಾಯಿ
  • 10 black pepper ಮೆಣಸು
  • 3 tso urad dal ಉದ್ದಿನ ಬೇಳೆ
  • 3 tsp channa dal ಕಡಲೆ ಬೇಳೆ
  • 3 tsp coriander seeds ಕೊತ್ತಂಬರಿ ಬೀಜ
  • 1/4 cup fresh coconut ತೆಂಗಿನ ಕಾಯಿ grated
  • 2 tsp tamarind  ಹುಣಿಸೆ ಹಣ್ಣು paste

Vegetables:

  • 1/2 winter melon ಬೂದ ಕುಂಬಳಕಾಯಿ cleaned, and cut into 1 and 1/2 – 2 inches thick
  • 1/2 lb french beans ಹುರಳಿ ಕಾಯಿ ( optional)
  • 1/2 lb carrots ಗಜ್ಜರಿ (optional)

Other Ingredients:

  • 2 cup toor dal ತೊಗರಿ ಬೇಳೆ, washed and cooked in pressure cooker
  • handful of peanuts. ಕಡಲೆ ಕಾಯಿ / ಶೇಂಗಾ ಬೀಜ / ನೆಲಗಡಲೆ
  • curry leaves ಕರಬೇವು
  • mustard seeds ಸಾಸಿವೆ , hing ಇಂಗು , and turmeric ಅರಿಶಿನ for seasoning
  • 1 tsp jaggery ಬೆಲ್ಲ

Method:

    • Fry all the ingredients listed in grinding, except coconut and tamarind

    • Add the coconut to this fried ingredients.

Next, add the tamarind and grind all these in a mixer.

    • Take a microwave safe vessel, and cook the winter melon until they are tender. A little bit on the harder side.

    • In a big vessel, add oil. Around 2-3 tsp. Next add all the ingredients listed in the seasoning. Add also the peanuts.

  • Fry for a few minutes, and next add the cooked winter melon.

  • Mix all the ingredients well, and now add the ground mixture

  • Let this boil for a few minutes. Make sure it doesn’t  burn, this happens if the steel vessel you are using doesn’t have a thick bottom.
  • Now, add the cooked dal, jaggery and let it boil for 15-20 minutes.

  • Once the Kootu is done, serve with Rice, and fried Happala and sandige.

  • Enjoy the spicy ಬೂದ ಕುಂಬಳಕಾಯಿ ಖಾರ ಕೂಟು – Winter Melon Spicy Kootu.

P.S: It has been a while since I wrote anything in Kannada, and I had no clue what was ಬೂದ ಕುಂಬಳಕಾಯಿ called in English and actually how to spell it in Kannada. My Husband came to my rescue and sent me a link which had a list of all Indian vegetables names in many languages and Kannada as well. Attached below is a list for the same. Thanks so much, Raghu.

Indian Vegetables

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23 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Pooja Shankar on September 10, 2011 at 8:35 am

    This is just like any other kootu right ? Mouth is already watering. Can’t wait to make it and eat.

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  2. Posted by Prathima on September 10, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    kootu nodi bayalli neeru banthu sandige happala nodi mathe horadalilla..amma ge heli ivaga madisikollutheeni. sooper

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    • Posted by meeraghu on September 10, 2011 at 7:04 pm

      Prathima,
      Aunty hathira madisiko. Nanu nimma manege December nalli bandaga, nane ninage madi koduthene. Take care.

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  3. thanku meera…..I ll try it n let u knw d taste………

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  4. Posted by Usha Nayak on September 11, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Thanks for the recipe Meera! Pictures look great, I am so tempted to try it out soon.

    Usha

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  5. Posted by Meera on September 12, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Hi Meera,
    Looks like the link for the names of veggies etc has changed. This is the new link:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Black_Kite/Multilingual_list_of_edible_plants_used_in_Indian_cuisine

    Great name by the way!

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  6. Posted by milan on September 20, 2011 at 4:52 am

    kootu is looking yummy thank u for the reciepe i wanted this

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  7. hi meera
    I am a subscriber of ur blogs. I had previously mailed for particular cookings for particular festivals.I just love ur traditional preparations and i hve tried out some . They were very yummy.They just tasted like my ageold granny’s preparations. last i tried out was “chappardaurekaai”/ lima beans kootu using ur winter melon kootu receipe.It was great.But i wanted to know if u are having diffrent receipes for kootu for diffrent vegetables to enhance the taste of vegetables.

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  8. Posted by suma on January 13, 2012 at 4:31 am

    Receipie is same as I do at home … This is same as Poruchu kootu … Yummy :::)))) this is one of my long time favourites … best suited for Chillu Dec-Jan weather as it keeps our body heated up …

    Sum

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  9. Posted by KK on January 27, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Hi Meera,

    I found some really good winter melon at India store and thought it was perfect for this recipe. The Kootu turned out so yum. Thank you.

    Also with “Ratha Saptami” around the corner I once again look to you for step by step padhathi. By the way, any recommendations on “han yeriyana” that we perform for infants/toddlers on this day would be appreciated.

    Cheers.

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  10. Posted by arathi on February 26, 2012 at 4:31 am

    hello meera,
    khara kootu recipe anta hudukta nimma blog siktu! i wanted to make khara kootu just like we get to eat in functions. adigeyavara thara!! and this tastes just like that.thank you very much for the wonderful recipe. i made this kootu with mixed vegetables. and im a devotee of rayaru. naanu guruvara oppattu maadtheeni. no onion on thursdays.

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  11. Idakke namma kaDe (South Canara Havyaks) ಕೊದಿಲು aMtaare. Chennagirutte ansutte combincation, let me try this out.

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  12. Posted by bhavana on August 11, 2012 at 12:28 am

    please post the recipe of mixed vegetable kootu.

    Reply

  13. Posted by Radha on June 18, 2013 at 1:50 am

    Hello Meera,

    Can you plz post the recipe for Soppina Huli Palya .

    Thanks

    Reply

  14. Posted by Dr. Arniker Hamsa and Prof. G.Vedaparayana on April 12, 2014 at 4:33 am

    when to add bella /Jaggery?

    Reply

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