lo and behold!
Nowadays I can't stop but think about how much this kootu curry resembles kudal curry aka botti curry in taste. If you don't know what a botti curry is - this is exactly what is served the night before the weddings in Catholic houses. This is a stolen recipe from Mommy and can be called Vegetarian botti curry.
If you are a person who gets occasional cravings for kudal curry, don't forget to try this. You will be amazed by the result.
Soya chunks - 1 cup
Boiled black chana/kadala - 1 cup
Raw banana/Pachakaya - 2 No. (medium sized)
Chena/Elephants yam - 1 1/4 cups
Coconut cuts/thengakothu - 2 tbsp
Pearl onions - 1/4 cup
Garlic chopped - 1 tsp
Green chillies, chopped - 2 Nos.
Ginger chopped - 1 tsp
Coconut milk - 1/2 cup (optional)
Grated coconut - 1 cup
Cinnamon - 2 small pieces
Cloves - 6 Nos.
Peppercorns - 8 Nos.
Cardamom - 3 Nos.
Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
Kashmiri chilli powder - 2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Dry red chillies - 3 Nos.
Soak soya chunks for 1 hour. Cut soya chunk into two pieces. Keep this aside.
Soak black chana overnight and pressure cook till it is done. Keep this aside.
Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan, add grated coconut. Fry for sometime. As the coconut starts to turn color, add cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, peppercorns, and fennel seeds. Now fry till the grated coconut achieves a brown color. Now switch off the stove and add coriander powder, chilli powder, and turmeric powder. Keep this aside to cool. Now grind this to get a smooth paste. Keep this aside.
Cook soya chunks, raw banana, and yam together. Once cooked, add cooked chana to this. Keep this aside.
Heat oil in a kadai, fry the coconut cuts. Now add pearl onions, garlic, green chillies, and ginger. Saute them well. Once sauteed, add the ground coconut paste and slightly saute in low heat. Now add the cooked vegetables along with water if any. When the curry becomes thick, add coconut milk. Switch off the stove. Keep this aside.
Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds, then dried chillies, and curry leaves. Pour this over the curry.