Monday, 16 September 2013

Vada Kootu Curry

Busy cooking. But yet couldn't let this day pass without the Trivandrum-style Vada Kootu Curry...

Serves: 4 - 6
Preparation Time: 10 minutes (if you are happy to buy store bought vadas)
Cooking Time: 15 minutes

  • 5 medium medu vada (uzhunnu vada), each cut into 4 pieces
  • 2 medium potatoes, cut into medium cubes
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 2 green chillies, slit
  • 1/2" ginger, crushed
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 3 - 4 whole red chilly
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp kashmiri chilly powder
  • 1 - 1 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper powder (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cup thin coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup thick coconut milk
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
1. Heat oil in pan over medium flame. Splutter mustard seeds and add onion, ginger and green chillies and stir until onion becomes translucent. Add curry leaves and whole red chilly and stir for an extra minute. Add turmeric powder, chilly powder, coriander powder, pepper powder and garam masala and saute until the spices are roasted. Add potato and stir for a minute. Add thin coconut milk with salt and cook potatoes over medium flame until well done. Now add  medu vada pieces and mix well. Finally, add thick coconut milk and remove from flame as soon as it starts to boil.

Serve hot with rice for sadya.


  1. Hi Janet, happy onam. I have never tried vada kootu curry. will try this for sure.

  2. this is totally new, looks really interesting... bookmarking this!

  3. I have had the Vada Kootu Curry once and it did taste amazing! I didn't know the recipe for it though - so bookmarking your's Jannet :)

  4. wow very very delicious kootu curry with ulundhu vada :) tempting me dear !! ..

  5. looks very very tempting n yummy...

  6. Hi Jannet,
    I too made vada kootu curry this onam.
    Love ur short cut method of cutting uzhunnu vada.

  7. That's a nice twist to the regular vadas. Hope you had a great Onam!!!

  8. i have never heard of this but absolutely love the idea!

  9. I have never heard of this recipe but looks delish, kootu with vadas wow