Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Turnip Mor Kootu / Turnip in Yogurt Gravy ~ Day 6

Mor is buttermilk in Tamil.  This quick and simple recipe is usually made with winter melon, coyote squash, spinach or banana stem.  Today, I only had Turnip in hand and I really was craving for mor kootu, hence this became the recipe.   I don't add any tempering to this kootu except for the coconut oil and curry leaves.  If you prefer, your choice of tempering can be added to the dish.
Preparation time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Serves: 4

  • Turnip - 1 lb, peeled and cut into cubes
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Green chilies - 2
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch
  • Yogurt / Curd - 1/2 cup, beaten
  • Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Salt - to taste

  1. Place the turnip in a skillet or saucepan and add water just enough to cover the turnip.
  2. Cook until tender.  Meanwhile, grind the coconut, cumin seeds, chilies, ginger and black pepper to a smooth paste, using little water.
  3. Add the ground paste and salt to the cooked turnip and stir well.  Let it come to a boil on a low flame.
  4. Add the yogurt/ curd and remove from the heat.  Stir gently to incorporate.  
  5. Heat coconut oil in a small pan and fry the curry leaves.  Pour this over the kootu and give it a stir.
  6. Serve hot with any mixed rice or adai.

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