Molakootal is a popular Palakkad Iyer dish. It is basically vegetables and lentils simmered with ground coconut. Molakootals can be prepared using different vegetables. The most common ones being Ashgourd and Yam, or Keerai (Spinach). Molakootal is more like a kootu but a little more runnier. It is is well liked by kids as it is not spicy. Molakootal is one of my favorite kootans and I can have it with just some pickle. Usually it is served with either Pachadi or thogayal.
1. Cabbage – 4 Cups, finely chopped
2. Pasi Paruppu/Split Yellow Moong Dal – ¼ cup
3. Scraped Coconut – ½ cup
4. Broken Urad Dal – 1 tsp
5. Dry Red Chilly – 1
6. Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
7. Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
8. Salt to taste
1. Coconut oil/Any Refined Oil – 1 tsp
2. Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp
3. Curry Leaves – few
1. Pressure cook the dal,along with chopped cabbage, with salt and turmeric powder and about 2 cup of water.Mash lightly and keep aside..
2. Heat a small frying pan with little oil, roast the urad dal and red chillies until the dal turns red. Take care not to burn the dal.
3. Grind the coconut, fried urad dal, red chilly and cumin seeds into a smooth paste by adding little water.
4. Add the ground coconut paste, to the cooked Dal-Cabbage and mix well. Add about a cup of water to adjust the consistency.
5. Check for seasoning and let it start boiling.
6. Remove from heat.
7. Heat a frying pan with oil, temper with mustard seeds and curry leaves. Pour this tempering over the Molakootal.