Friday, February 6, 2015

Kootan Choru | Kootan soru | Mixed Vegetable Rice

Kootan choru/Kootan soru is a popular rice dish from the city Tirunelveli of  the South Tamilnadu. It's a  one pot rice recipe with mix vegetables and spices.In my childhood days, relatives(periamma & athai family) nearby would come together to make this rice and also heard from elders in the family that this rice tastes good when made in large quantities. Also this rice tastes great when use fresh vegetables and all kind of root vegetables like senai kizhangu,siru kizhangu,seppankizhangu.
It's one of our favorite rice to make  for lunch/lunch box. If you have followed me on Instagram, you might knew that how often i have packed this for lunchbox. So simple to make and it's such a healthy and tasty rice recipe under 30 mins. Unlike bisibile bath, in kootanchoru, the spices are very less but still the taste is awesome. If you haven't tried this tiruneveli delicacy before, do give it a try.

Kootan Choru | Kootan soru | Mixed vegetable Rice

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Rice | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Kootan Choru,Mix Vegetable Rice,Tirunelveli Kootan Choru,Kootan Soru,One pot rice,Quick meal Kootan choru/Kootan soru is a popular rice dish from the city Tirunelveli of the South Tamilnadu. It's a one pot rice recipe with mix vegetables and spices.
Toor Dal- 1/4 cup
Rice - 1/2 Cup
Mixed Vegetable - 2 cup(I used  brinjal,drumstick.Raw banana, avarakkai,beans,potato,carrot, mochakottai,beetroot,Refer note section for other veggies)
Pearl onion - 5 nos
Tomato -1
Tamarind - small gooseberry size
Drumstick leaves - 1/4 cup(tightly packed)
Asafoetida powder- 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste(about 1 1/2 tsp)
Red chili powder -1 tsp
Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
Grated Coconut - 3 tbsp
Water - 1 & 3/4 cup
To Temper
Mustard - 1/4 tsp
Split urad dal- 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Oil - 2 tsp

Cut all vegetables in to medium size pieces.
Soak tamarind in 1/4 of water. Heat the pressure cooker with 2 1/4 cup of water. Once the water comes to boil, add toor dal with asafoetida and then add vegetables which take more time to cook like carrot,beans, potato,beetroot,mochaikotta &,avarakkai.
Cook it for 5 mins. Then add the turmeric, chili powder & salt.
Once the vegetables are half cooked, add the rice and other veggies like raw 
banana,drumstick,brinjal,tomato&onion and bring to boil, once the rice is half cooked ,add the tamarind extract.
Temper the item list under "To Temper"  and add it to rice . Finally add coconut and drumstick leaves.
Mix it well and then close the lid and put on weight. Cook it for 3 whistle.
Tasty Kootanchoru/Kootan soru is ready.Serve it with any of your favorite pachadi and papads. We had  it with Tomata Pachadi ,vathal and vadagam .

  • My mom prepares this rice only if drumstick leaves are available, it gives super flavor to the rice. Highly recommend to add
  • You can add peas, butter beans, raw mango also if available.
  • Avoid adding water vegetables like ash gourd, bottle gourd,ridge gourd.


  1. Have done what is mentioned here. Excellent simple recipe.But you need to know basics :) to add salt and spices. Thank you

    1. Thanks Murugan for trying and gave your feedback. Yep, the spices & salt are always subjected to personal preference :-)