Yields: 3 Servings Difficulty: Medium Prep Time: 20 Mins Cook Time: 25 Mins Total Time: 45 Mins

Every South-Indian meal has a kulambu, rasam and curd. These are paired up with portal , varuval or Kootu. Though it is not possible to make all these varieties on a single day, there is at least one of them in the lunch menu. We love Kootu as they it makes a complete meal by itself. Every day’s protein requirement from the dal and the vegetables of any makes them a complete meal by themselves.

Appalam Kootu is a delicacy to be had with Vathalkulambu/ Puli kulambu. When there are no vegetables at home, you can quickly make this tasty, simple side dish. Appalam and potatoes are staple contents in most of the pantry. With easily available ingredients and less time, this appalam kootu makes a perfect lunch side. Do try this appalam kootu and relish its taste.


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  • Wash and Soak quarter cup of chana dal for 20 min. Pressure cook channa dal with one potato. Peel potato and transfer them to a pan.
  • Add quarter teaspoon of turmeric powder and one teaspoon of sambar powder with salt. Let them boil until the raw smell goes off.
  • Grind coconut, green chili and jeera to a paste. Add the paste and let the kootu get boiled until it thickens.
  • Cut the appalam to small pieces and fry them . Set aside.
  • Add the fried appalls and combine together. Turn off stove. In a small pan, add a teaspoon of oil and fry the vadagam. Transfer to the kootu and serve with rice .


  • I have cut the appalam to small pieces and fried. If you use small appalls, you can fry as such.
  • You can use any variety of appalam like the pepper appalam or jeeraga appalam to make this.
  • Instead of chana dal, you can also use moong dal.
  • I have tempered this kootu with vadagam I made.  If you don't have vadagam, you can temper with mustard seeds, small onions and curry leaves.

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