Cabbage kottu

When we were newly weds, my Hubby used to describe the recipes he made during his bachelor life. I thought he was a much better cook than me back then :-). One of the dishes that he makes is kootu & he completes the dish by mixing ground coconut & cumin seeds. However, when I make the same dish, I neither do the grinding nor add the coconut & this makes the dish taste very normal. But, when I want to make it really special, I would make it like him by adding ground coconut & cumin to the final dish. He really loves all kinds of dish as long as they have coconut on it. You can try this recipe to enhance your ordinary kootu dish into an extraordinary one.

Chopped Cabbage - 2 cup
Chopped Onion - 1 small
Green chillies - 2
Coconut - 3 piece
Cumin seeds - 1/4 tspn
Channa Dhal - Less than 1/4 cup
Cumin seeds,Urad dhal & curry leaves for seasoning.

Slit one green chilli from bottom halfway to top. Add the chopped cabbage, onion, washed channa dhal & and the slit green chilli along with water ( around 1/4 - 1/2cup) in a cooking vessel. Let it cook with the lid closed. Mix them from time to time to make sure it doesn't get burned at the bottom. Add some more water if it is evaporated. Let it cook till the channa dhal & cabbage gets cooked. In the meantime when the veggies are cooking grind the coconut, 1/4 tspn cumin seeds & the remaining one green chilli into a fine paste. When the veggies are cooked, add the ground paste & salt. Let it cook for 5 more minutes & season it with the seasonings in some oil. Using little bit of ghee along with oil for seasoning also gives a nice flavor.

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