We make this 7 kari kootu (kootu made with 7 veggies) for thiruvathirai and pongal. Its very flavourful with all our ‘naatu kaigari’s. Please refer the notes for the vegetables choice. This is one of the main Pongal Recipes. We make sakkarai pongal, vellai pongal, this kootu, vadai and vendakkai sambar on Pongal day. Some times make Kallkandu pongal also along with this. The most thing I like about pongal is ‘Karumbu’. Me and brother sit chew karumbu sincerely through out the day. My mom or dad will sometimes peel off the skin and chop into bite size pieces for our easy.
And coming to the recipe, since we make it for festival, we dont add onion or sambar powder in this kootu. Even the sambar and vadai we make on these days we do not add onion as we offer to God. There are lot of traditions followed for Pongal by MOM and MIL, but in Singapore, I make it simple. This year no Pongal celebrations for us, but wanted to post this recipe here as I got few requests from the readers. And special thanks to Jeyashri for the veggies and the cute mat :)
What are the vegetables to be used in ezhu kari kootu, pongal kootu? Any naatu kaai can be used, parangikkai, mochai, avarakkai, vazhakkai, sakkarai valli kizhangu, seppankizhangu, karnakizhangu.
I love this kootu with sakkarai pongal those days. Yeah its weird, but I do eat this way as I dont like to eat too much of sweet continuously those days. This is very very flavourful kootu.