Turnip Kootu

Kootu is generally lentil or yoghurt based dish with one or more vegetables
The veggie used in the preparation of this kootu is Turnip!  Very low in calories, this vegetable is an excellent source of Vitamin K and C.
A powerful anti oxidant, it helps boost the immune system!

This pepper kootu is by far the tastiest and my favourite in the kootu category as the fried urad dal and peppercorn enhances the flavour, taste and makes it very interesting!
The dals or lentils mentioned in this preparation can be either directly cooked till it softens or can be pressure-cooked
Kootu is highly nutritious because of the combination of lentils and vegetables and is well balanced like most other dishes.

Ingredients to serve 6 people

1-2 Cups Diced Turnips
¼ Cup Moong Dal 2 Tbs Channa dal or Yellow Split Peas
3 Cups Water
½ Tsp Turmeric Powder
¼ inch piece Asafoetida or
½ Tsp Asafoetida Powder

For the Masala

2 Tsp Oil
½ Tsp Black Peppercorn
1 Tsp Urad Dal
2 Tbs Freshly Grated Coconut (Optional)
3-4 Tbs Water
1-2 Tsp. Salt

For Seasoning

1 Tbs Oil
1 Tsp. Mustard seeds
few Curry leaves


Dry roast the moong dal and Channa dal or Yellow Split Peas in a heated pan for about a minute.
Pour the 2 cups of water and let it boil on medium heat till the dal softens.
The diced vegetable can be directly added to the pan
Stir in the salt, asafoetida, turmeric powder and the remainder of the water.
Let it cook for about 4-6 minutes on medium heat.

In the meantime heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a small pan
Add the urad dal and fry it till it turns light golden brown
The peppercorn has to be added and fried for about 30 seconds
Grind this with the freshly grated coconut and the water into a soft mixture
Add this mixture to the cooked dal and vegetables and let it simmer for about 2-3 minutes.

Heat the tablespoon of oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds
When it crackles, pour this into the dal
Garnish it with a few curry leaves

Note: Eggplant, Beans, Double Beans are some of the vegetables that can be prepared in a similar manner
The dal in all ‘kootus’ can be cooked in the pressure cooker for quick results.
Add double the quantity of water to the quantity of dal that is being used.

My preference is to cook the dal and vegetables directly in a pan as the dal when pressure cooked turns mushy.
Cooking the vegetables in the microwave can be avoided as cooking directly in the pan is also quick and very effective!



  1. Awwwww… Thank you! You are the best!!! Vegan dishes are what I now refer to as ‘life savers’ .
    LOVE your recipes- I haven’t seen a site quite like yours! Believe me I have looked. xxx

    • Shobha Krishnan says:

      Thanks Sudha – appreciate your feedback….I created the Vegans corner keeping you in mind……..As more and more people turn to vegan dishes, hopefully this site will be useful!!!! Pls spread the word……..cheers