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

Vegetables:

  • 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

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 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 .

Rayara-Kootu

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Mantralaya Visit – 2014

The visit to Mantralaya was amazing. I went with my Parents on November 19th Wednesday night, reached early morning on Thursday 20th. We attended all the pooja celebrations, stayed until 9.00 PM night, and returned back to Bangalore on Friday early morning.

The entire day we spent was magical. Even though the Mutta was crowded, since we had given for special pooje, we were allowed close to the Brindavana. It was humbling seeing our beloved Rayaru.

Below are some pictures from this years visit.

The walkway to the Thungabhadra River has been cleaned thoroughly. My Dad and I walked half way and I took a few pictures. The river is dry and so we didn’t venture going very close.

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Visited a few Temples in Bengaluru

After a hectic week, on Sunday I was able to visit LIC Colony Sree Venkateshwara Temple and 5th Block Rayara Mutta. Some pictures for you all to enjoy.

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Tulasi Pooja Pictures – 2014

It has been a very hectic few months for me with all the travel and work. It was just this Monday and Tuesday i.e. today that I have worked from home. I will be traveling to Bangalore, India for work on Thursday. Work is for two weeks, take a few days off to spend time with Parents and relatives and back here to USA in time for Thanksgiving so I can be with my Daughter for a few days.

During this short visit for Work, I am also planning to visit Mantralaya and see our beloved Rayaru. I will definitely keep you all posted if I do visit and see our beloved Rayaru.

I am also going to visit Mysore to see my Grandmother (Ajji), Uncles and Aunts. Hopefully, I will have a few hours to record at least a few devotional songs from Ajji and my Aunts. They sing amazing devotional songs. 🙂

Might not update the blog regularly, so please bear with me until end of November.

Today being ತುಲಸೀ ಹಬ್ಬವಿವಾಹ ಉತ್ವಾನ ದ್ವಾದಶಿ – Uthwana Dwadashi/Tulasi Habba, we performed the pooje in the evening. It is getting very cold here in the US, and so we had to bring all the plants indoor, including the Tulasi plants. Rather than keeping the Tulasi plant in the Pooja Room, I decided to do the pooje in the Sun room it self. Attached below are pictures of the same.

For dinner, I made Kosambari, Shavige(Semia) Payasa, and Vegetable rice.

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Close up of our little Tulasi Plant:

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Lighting of Agarbathi:

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Aaruthi for Tulasi.
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Deepavali Mahabhisheka at Mantralaya

Stunning pictures from Mantralaya for Deepavali Mahabhisheka. Take a look.

http://raghavendramutt.org/stories/deepavali-mahabhisheka

Mantralaya website also has a short video of the Deepavali Mahabhisheka. Watch here.

http://raghavendramutt.org/stories/deepavali-mahabhisheka-video

May our beloved Rayaru bless everyone who believes in him on this Diwali Festival.

Naraka Chaturdashi celebrations in Mantralaya

Please find attached pictures of Naraka Chaturdashi celebrations in Mantralaya.

http://raghavendramutt.org/stories/naraka-chaturdashi-celebrations-shri-matha

Wish you all a VERY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS DEEPAVALI/DIWALI.

Solar Eclipse – Thursday Oct 23rd 2014

A partial solar eclipse is visible in the United States on Thursday October 23rd 2014. Eclipse Begins at 3:38 PM EST and Ends at 7:42 PM EST.

The Lakshmi Pooja which usually is performed on Amavasya i.e. Thursday should be performed a day earlier on Wednesday or a day after the Eclipse Friday.

As I have been traveling extensively the past couple of months, and am in New Jersey right now, I am going  to perform the Lakshmi Pooje on Friday October 24th 2014.

Please check your local calendars if you reside in other countries.

 

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