ರಾಯರ ಕೂಟು – Spicy Kootu Made in Sree Raghavendra Swamy Mutt

This November 20th, when I visited Mantralaya with my parents, we had food at the Rayara Mutta. Dad and I sat down to eat food, and Mom since has knee problems ate on the table a bit far away from us. My Dad and I enjoyed the kootu, which was spicy, hot and full of vegetables. The vegetables used were winter melon ಬೂದ ಕುಂಬಳಕಾಯಿ, sweep pumpkin ಸಿಹಿ ಕುಂಬಳ ಕಾಯಿ, Ridge Gourd ಹೀರೆ ಕಾಯಿ.

As soon as I told my daughter when I came back here about my trip and the amazing food we had at Rayara mutt, she shopped with her father and brought all these three vegetables including fresh ground nuts and asked me to make it exactly the same way.

I had already posted the recipe for Kootu, so just the vegetables were replaced. It tasted just like the ones we ate at Rayara mutta. Give it a try, and keep me posted.

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


  • 1/2 winter melon ಬೂದ ಕುಂಬಳಕಾಯಿ cleaned, and cut into 1 and 1/2 – 2 inches thick
  • 1/2 ಸಿಹಿ ಕುಂಬಳ ಕಾಯಿ Sweet Pumpkin
  • 4-5  Ridge Gourd ಹೀರೆ ಕಾಯಿ

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


    • 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 ಬೂದ ಕುಂಬಳಕಾಯಿ, sweep pumpkin ಸಿಹಿ ಕುಂಬಳ ಕಾಯಿ, Ridge Gourd ಹೀರೆ ಕಾಯಿ until they are tender. A little bit on the harder side. I cooked all of them separately.
    • 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 ಬೂದ ಕುಂಬಳಕಾಯಿ, sweep pumpkin ಸಿಹಿ ಕುಂಬಳ ಕಾಯಿ, Ridge Gourd ಹೀರೆ ಕಾಯಿ..
  • 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 winter melon ಬೂದ ಕುಂಬಳಕಾಯಿ, sweep pumpkin ಸಿಹಿ ಕುಂಬಳ ಕಾಯಿ, Ridge Gourd ಹೀರೆ ಕಾಯಿ or as it is called ರಾಯರ  ಕೂಟು .


39 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Deepti Murthy on August 2, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    Hi Meera, I tried this Huli and have been making it for last 2 years. Best recipe. Thank youu


  2. Posted by Manjunatha on August 26, 2021 at 1:21 am

    Yes,the food in rayara mata is so delicious at mantralaya.when I was in Mantralaya,chef prepared kootu with more peppercorn and was hot.


  3. Posted by mani kopalle on February 15, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    How much time we cook the vegetables in Microwave Oven…? Thank you for posting very tasty recepies Meeraji….


  4. Posted by Shwetha on January 12, 2019 at 4:42 am

    Very nice recipes, mam, 1 kg ashtu madbeku Andre dayavittu alate tilisi, kootina pudi, huli pudi , saarina pudi, gojjina pudi yella.. ennu hechchu recipes post Madi, Nam Tara working mother’s ge tumba sahaya aagatte .. tingalige omme Madi ettira bahudu.


  5. Posted by Archana on October 16, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Chilies which variety ? Byadagi?


  6. Posted by Poornima on October 11, 2017 at 9:56 am

    I made this kootu to go with rice for dinner yesterday and came out very well. Also fried aralu sandige to with rice and it was lip smacking delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe


  7. Posted by Rashmi Neethan on December 1, 2016 at 12:43 am

    Namasthe Smt. Meera. I tried kootu recipe yesterday and it came out really very well. It was liked by my family members. I thank you very sincerely for posting this recipe. 🙂


  8. Posted by Manasi Achar on September 9, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Rayara kootu recipe is to gud..had tried 2day .. turned out really very tasty..same as v get in rayara matha… thanx 4 d post…


  9. Posted by Manasi on September 9, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Rayara kootu recipe is to gud..had tried 2day .. turned out really very tasty..same as v get in rayara matha… thanx 4 d post…


  10. Posted by Sadhana on June 12, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Wow this was an awesome recipe I just can’t stop falling in love with it 🙂


  11. Posted by Sirisha nagaraj on March 14, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Hai Meera avare, thanks for awesome recipe. I just love mutt oota:) can u please post Rayara Mutt huli recipe, as I feel it has some unique taste which we do get with the regular huli powder..


  12. Posted by raginiyraju on August 10, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Hi Meera madam,
    I am ragini from cincinnati,oh. First let me appreciate you for your hard and good work .
    Through your blog, I got to know about Kamadenu Kshetra and by rayara grace, I was able to contact pujya Sri Gurushesha Sir.
    I contacted him relating to issues about my kids.

    Thank you very much!!
    If possible , can you please share your email id.
    My email id is raginiyraju@gmail.com

    Best Regards


  13. Posted by shubha on March 7, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    thank you for the receipe.let me try this


  14. Posted by Swetha on February 4, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Thanks a lot for posting this, Madam. We tried it and it was extremely tasty.

    It brought back sweet, nostalgic memories of eating and relishing this Kootu in Rayara Mutta.

    It literally warmed up our insides and we felt blessed to eat Rayara Prasada.

    May our dear Rayaru bless you and your family:)


  15. Posted by kavita on December 18, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Wow! Me n my daughter love temple food. Thanks for posting. Recently we visited India n she enjoyed all the food served at the various temples we visited. Will surely post the outcome.


  16. Posted by Padma on December 13, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Thanks for sharing this authentic recipe, Meera avare, my daughter loves the kootu i made last week, although i didn’t have all the ingredients (heere kai) and used sambar and rasam power grinded with coconut. I will definitely try your recipe. No one can beat our madhwa kootu, for sure.


  17. Posted by Jagdish Kalkunte on December 13, 2014 at 11:52 am

    It has been a log time since I had Kootu, in my hostel days in Med.School. It sounds very good I must make it, in my abandent spare time.Thank you for this post


  18. How about recipe of Bele sambaar made by raani bennur / hubli people


  19. Posted by Purna Cuddapa on December 13, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Narasimha Nakha stuthi I wanted to read this ,but it has gone . where can I see this please let me know


  20. Thank you for the Rayara kootu : We tried it it was really great,thanks again

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  22. Posted by GAYATHRI on December 12, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    thanks for giving spicy kootu


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