For different variations, you can try adding thick coconut milk or ground coconut paste while adding cooked dal to give nutty flavor. Instead of moong dal, try adding channa dal / kadalai paruppu / bengal gram (or) toor dal / tuvaram paruppu / split pigeon peas. Each ingredient will give an unique flavor to this dish. Lets check the recipe,
- 1 cup Unripe Figs / Athikai – cleaned, washed and cut into halves
- ¼ cup siru paruppu / split green gram
- 1 onion – finely chopped
- 1 tomato – finely chopped
- 3-4 garlic flakes
- ¼ tsp turmeric powder
- 3-4 dry red chilies or green chilies
- ¼ tsp cumin powder / jeera – optional
- asofoetida – a pinch
- salt to taste
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 5-6 curry leaves
- 1 tbsp chopped coriander
- Please check the instructions below.
How to prepare Athikai Kootu
- Wash figs and soak it in salt water for 20-30 mins. Cut it into halves and keep aside. Cook siru paruppu with enough water till it turns little mushy. Drain the water and keep dal aside. You can reuse the water for later purpose as it contains all nutrition.
- Heat 1 or 2 tsp oil in a pan or kadhai. Temper mustard seeds, broken red chilies and curry leaves. Add chopped onions and garlic flakes. Fry for a min on low flame.
- Add chopped tomatoes and Saute a while. Now, Add chopped figs and turmeric powder. Stir well. Add asofoetida, cumin powder and salt to taste. Mix well everything. Add 1/2 cup water and cook it covered for 15 mins on low-medium flame.
- Add cooked moong dal and retained water. Cook for another 5 mins. Add more water if needed and adjust the salt. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot with rice.