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Friday, January 29, 2016

Brussel Sprouts Kootu

Brussel Sprouts Kootu recipe , South Indian recipes with Brussel Sprouts
Today I am going to share a South Indian style Kootu recipe using Brussel Sprouts. It is only after coming to UK, I have started experimenting with Brussel Sprouts. Every time we get it, I would either roast them in the oven or make a simple stir fry with it. I must admit that my kids are really not a fan of this vegetable and they would make a big fuss to eat it. They only eat the oven roasted ones when they are warm but not later when it is cold. Hence once in a blue moon we would get brussel sprouts specially for my hubby who loves it. This time when we got it, I decided to try a simple South Indian style recipe with it and made kootu with Brussel Sprouts. It came out as a tasty and comforting dish. Even my kids ate it without any complaints this time. After noon I served it as a side dish for rice and in the evening the left over was served as side dish for chappathi. 
The other brussel sprouts recipe , I have already posted is  Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Kootu with Brussel Sprouts, South Indian Recipes using Brussel Sprouts

Brussel Sprouts Kootu

This is a South Indian style comforting dish made with Brussel sprouts using split bengal gram (Chana dal) and ground coconut. This is healthy and Vegan.

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Yield : 4 servings

Ingredients :

  • Brussel Sprouts : 2 Cups (chopped)
  • Split Bengal Gram / Kadalai Paruppu / Channa Dal : 1/2 Cup
  • Oil : 1 Tablespoon
  • Mustard Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Dried Red Chillies : 1-2 nos.
  • Curry leaves : 1-2 sprig
  • Onion : 1 large (finely chopped)
  • Garlic : 2 - 3 cloves
  • Turmeric Powder : 1/4 Teaspoon
  • Asafoetida : A pinch
  • Salt : To taste
  • Cilantro : To garnish (optional)
To grind together :
  • Grated Coconut : 1/4 Cup
  • Ginger : 1" long (de-skinned, washed)
  • Green Chillies : 2-3 nos.
  • Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon

Instructions :

  1. Pressure cook channa dal with 2 cups of water till it is cooked well. But take care it does not overcook and is so soft and get mashed. Retain the water in the cooked channa dal to add to the kootu.
  2. Then grind all the ingredients listed under 'to grind together' into a smooth paste and set it aside.
  3. Then heat oil in a skillet, add mustard seeds and when they crack, add dried red chillies, curry leaves and fry for a minute, then add chopped onions and garlic and fry till onions turn translucent. Then add the chopped brussel sprouts, little salt and cook till it is cooked. (Cover and cook in low flame, doesn't require water. If needed just sprinkle some water)
  4. Then to the brussel sprouts, add the cooked channa dal along with the water, and the ground mixture, now add turmeric powder and asafoetida, mix well and check the salt and adjust accordingly and cook till the raw smell is gone. Then turn off the heat.
  5. Garnish with cilantro and serve it warm.

Notes :

  1. Adjust the amount of green chilli as per your heat tolerance level.
  2. Instead of Channa dal, moong dal can be used for the kootu.

If interested check out the other kootu recipes I have posted :
  1. Avarakkai Kootu 
  2. Cabbage Kootu
  3. Parangikkai Kootu


  1. I admire you for not giving up on your kids with Brussels sprouts. Good on YOU for finding a new way for them to enjoy.

  2. I would give these a try. I already like the spices and have had similar with cabbage. :)

  3. This kootu sounds delicious! I adore Indian cuisine, so flavorsome and yummy. I must admit though that I have never tried a kootu but it sounds lovely. I think this would definitely help get the family eating more Brussel sprouts!

  4. My kids too eat any vegetable in kootu, this is a versatile dish pairs well with dosa, roti, rice and adai too :) I make it the same way except ginger. Next time, try adding 1/4 cup moongdal along with channa dal...that gives more flavor and taste. Neat clicks Divya!

  5. Divya, your recipe looks fabulous. I would try it even though most of the ingredients outside of the Brussel sprouts are a mystery to me. It occurs to me I need to go to some Indian Restaurants and ask for Kootu! Then I will know if I get this recipe correct! Looks very tasty indeed!

  6. I love finding new ways to serve Brussels sprouts which is one of our favorite veggies. Yours looks so full of great flavors and i can't wait to try it!

  7. Thanks for posting this exotic comfort food; I would love to try this some day! Beautifully done.

  8. Great dish, love all the ingredients going into this one!!

  9. Super da.. I never imagined brussel sprouts in Kootu.. Flavourful and yummy kootu.. Beautiful clicks..

  10. Beautiful recipe! Gorgeous flavours and stunning photos!

  11. Looks wonderful! Brussels sprouts really are more versatile than we all thought! ;-)

  12. I love Brussels sprouts and this dish looks very aromatic and appetizing!


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