2Dried Red Chilies I used the Kashmiri red chili variety
2tbspsRoasted Gram Dal / Pottukadalai
Prep - Work:
Wash and peel the chayote squash and chop into small cubes.
Wash the moong dal as well.
Grind the poppy seeds, roasted gram dal, red chilies, and cumin seeds without adding any water and set aside.
Cooking the dal and the Veggie: Instant Pot PIP Method: (Pot in Pot Method)
I used my two stacking pan set for cooking the chayote squash and moong dal. Here are the detailed pictures.
Place the moong dal in one of the stackable pans and add ¾ cup of water and the turmeric powder. Gently mix it.
In the other pan, add the chopped chayote and 1 cup of water.
Arrange the stacking pans and close the lid. Mine doesn't have a lid.
Now add 1 cup of water to the inner pot of the Instant Pot and place the trivet. On top of the trivet, place the stackable pan set with dal and the veggie.
Close the lid and make sure the vent is in the sealing position.
Press the manual/pressure cook mode and cook for five minutes at high pressure and release the pressure quickly after 5 minutes.
When the pressure is all release, carefully open the lid and remove the stackable pans.
Do not discard the water from the chayote squash. Mash the moong dal roughly.
Note: You can cook similarly in the pressure cooker as well with the pressure cooker inserts. I use my stackable pan both on my Instant Pot and the traditional stove-top pressure cooker. If you are cooking in pressure cooker, then cook for two whistles.
Preparing the Kootu:
Remove the trivet and drain the water from the inner pot of the Instant Pot and set it in the saute mode.
When the display shows "HOT," add the coconut oil and after 30 seconds add the mustard seeds, urad dal, channa dal, hing and curry leaves.
Allow it to splutter and then add the cooked chayote squash along with the water, cooked moong dal, ground kootu powder, and salt.
Gently mix it and if required add ½ more cup of water. I did not add.
Let it cook for three minutes and then add the cilantro. Mix once and turn off the Instant Pot.
You can make this kootu on a stove top as well.
Adjust the salt and spices according to your preference.
Instead of chayote squash, you can use any vegetables of your preference like bottle gourd, snake gourd, ridge gourd, ash gourd or pumpkin.