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 great when made in large quantities. 

Nowadays, 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 that you can make under 30 mins.

If you haven't tried this tiruneveli delicacy before, do give it a try.

What are the vegetables added in Kootan Choru?

Traditionally, all the country vegetables from South India are added in this rice like drumstick, brinjal, raw mango, raw banana. In addition, all the native root vegetables are also added like senai kizhangu, siru kizhangu & seppan kizhangu for great flavor and taste.

However, you can make this kootan choru with a few basic vegetables like potato, beans, carrot & peas also. It's such a versatile recipe that you can customize as per your preference and the vegetables available in your area.

But keep in mind that the flavors and taste greatly vary depending on the vegetables used in the recipe. 

Is bisibele bath and kootan choru the same ? 

No !! Though both are the one pot rice recipe with dal and vegetables, the flavor, taste and the consistency are quite different . Unlike bisibele bath, the spices are very less in kootan choru  but still the taste is awesome. 
Additionally, the bisi bele bath is in mushy texture whereas kootan choru is fluffy and tasty even when it's cooled down completely. 

As i grew up eating the kootan choru, i'm more inclined to kootan choru rather than bisi bele bath.

Kootan choru(here i have used palakottai(jackfruit seed) in addition to other vegetables) with thakkali pachadi & appalam

Related : How to boil Jackfruit Seeds

Kootan Choru | Kootan soru | Mixed vegetable Rice

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Rice | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
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Toor Dal- 1/4 cup
Rice - 1/2 cup
Green Chili - 1
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
Tomato -1
Tamarind - small gooseberry size
Drumstick leaves - 1/4 cup(tightly packed)
Asafoetida powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste( 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
Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard & urad dal - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - few 

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 the drumstick leaves are available, it gives super flavor to the rice. So i highly recommend to add the drumstick leaves if you have.
  • 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 :-)

  2. Prepared the rice as per your recipe. It turn out good. Thank you

    1. Thank you for your feedback ! So glad that it turned out good !