SABSIGE SOPPINA KOOTTU
Dill known as Sabsige Soppu in Kannada is a ‘must eat’ herb for ‘new born’ mothers for its galactopoietic and antibacterial properties. It also helps in easy digestion. Each family has its own postpartum recipes.Young mothers living in nuclear families are eager to share their recipes with each other. This was a recipe given to my daughter-in-law by her friend Shashi. Dill Koottu ( Iyengar style ) with double boiled soft rice had been Shashi’s staple when she had delivered her two kids.
INGREDIENTS FOR PRESSURE COOKING
Dill leaves ( cleaned and chopped ) – 3 cups
Green gram dal – 1 cup
Turmeric powder – 1 pinch
Pea nuts – 1/4 cup
Wash green gram dal and peanuts. Pressure cook with dill and turmeric powder adding 2 1/2 cups of water.
INGREDIENTS TO BE GROUND
Fresh coconut gratings – 1/4 cup
Dry roasted pepper – 1/4 tsp
Dry roasted cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp
Cleaned and chopped coriander leaves – 1/2 cup
Grind all the ingredients together into a smooth paste adding little water.
TO MAKE THE DILL KOOTTU
Combine the pressure cooked ingredients, ground ingredients and 3/4 tsp of salt and simmer till all the ingredients blend well.
Serve the hot and fresh Dill Koottu on steaming hot soft rice topped with a spoon of fresh ghee.