Carrot Kootu Curry (Carrots Cooked With Lentils in Coconut Based gravy)
A very light curry for the summers. It is ideal for kids because of the low spice level. A kootu curry usually means a medley of ingredients. But the main component of this curry is mostly a vegetable and a lentil. You can use any bean or lentil but the most common one is split pigeon lentils. I used a mix of lentils because I was short of both. The base for this curry is coconut paste made by grinding grated coconut and cumin seeds. I was lucky to have got some freshly harvested carrots from Ooty after my summer vacation and this was the first curry I made on return. For the real flavour, one needs to use coconut oil though you are free to use the oil of your choice.