Pumpkin, Mung and Coconut Stew’p

Isn’t it cold and gloomy already. It’s only a matter of days before the snow creeps up on us. That is why I have a perfect remedy for your cold weather blues. This stew’p has more than just pumpkins, Mung dhaal and Coconut. Infact it has a mix of tasty ingredients that would warm you from inside out. I personally loved it more than any other soups or stew I made. This is nothing but a toned down version of the humble South Indian Kootu. The Kootu is a little spicy to allow it to mingle with rice, but here it’s mellow and warm. Enjoy!

Stewp

Ingredients

  • Yellow split Mung dhaal – 2/3 Cup
  • coconut – 1/4 Cup
  • Green Chillies – 2 long ones
  • Mint leaves – 5 or 6
  • Pumpkin – cut in to squares, 2 cups
  • Green peas – handful
  • Tomato – 1 medium
  • Ground Pepper – just a pinch
  • Salt – to taste
  • Ground Cumin – a pinch
  • Asafetida – a pinch
  • Turmeric – a pinch

Putting it Together

  • Pressure cook (or boil in a pot till its cooked) the Mung dhaal with a pinch of turmeric and 1 1/2 Cups of water to 3 whistles
  • Grind coconut, green chillies and mint leaves to a paste
  • In a pot, add the pumpkin, peas and tomato with a little bit of water, asafetida and salt (for the veggies) and cook until it is soft
  • After the veggies are cooked, add in the dhaal, ground paste, cumin, peper powder, a little bit more salt for the dhaal
  • Add in a little bit of water if the stew’p(Stew + Soup , courtesy Rachel Ray) is thick
  • Do not boil too much (since all are cooked already). Just leave it until all are combined
  • Remove from fire, and garnish with a bit of mint leaves and Ghee (if available)

Note : Usually mint is not added to the traditional kootu, but here the mint gives a nice fresh taste. For this reason, we should not cook the stew’p after the mint is added for a long time as it might loose its freshness. You could also make it a little spicy (with chillies or pepper) and make it as a side for rice or chapatis.

Update : Sending this to Priya’s Healthy Diet Event – Warm Soups

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