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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Root Vegetables Curry-Pirattal Chettinad Style

This Vegetable curry (பிரட்டல்) is made almost exclusively with root vegetables. This curry is made with Potatoes, Carrots and Beetroots. Sometimes Cauliflower and Butter Beans do get added. I never really saw butter beans here in the US, but the other day I found them in a Mexican grocery store. Its called fresh pinto beans. I brought some to make this curry.

This is any easy way to get kids to eat their vegetables. This recipe uses fennel and coconut and is rich in flavor. You will find this dish getting served in Chettinad Marriages and Functions. Here is the recipe.

  • 1 1/4 cup Root Vegetables (I used Potatoes, Carrots & Cauliflower).
  • 1/2 cup Butter Beans / Fresh Pinto beans.
  • 1 Medium size Onion.
  • 1 Small Tomato.
To Grind:
  • 2 tbsp Grated Coconut.
  • 1/2 Fennel seeds.
  • 3 red Chilies.
  • 1 Garlic pod.
To Temper:
  • 1/4 tsp Fennel seeds.
  • 1 inch Bay leaf.
  • 1 inch Cinnamon stick.
  • Cook the Butter beans till they turn soft. I cooked them in a pressure cooker.

  • Steam Potatoes, Carrots and Cauliflower.

  • Chop the Onion and Tomato in to small pieces.
  • Grind the Coconut, Fennel, Chillis and Garlic to a fine paste.
  • Heat the oil in a sauce pan and temper with Fennel seeds, Bay leaf and Cinnamon.
  • Add the onions and saute till translucent.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook until they turn soft by releasing their juices.
  • Add the ground paste diluted in 1/4 cup of water and saute for 2 mins .
  • Add required salt.

  • In low heat let the mixture come a boil and let it simmer for 5 mins .
  • Add the steamed vegetables and cook until the sauce gets reduced and the vegetables get coated .
  • Vegetable Pirattal (பிரட்டல்) is ready to be served.

  • You can eat this with Rice, Dosa, Chapathi and Nan bread.
  • You can use this as filling for Sandwiches.
  • Dont make the carrot ,potaoes mushy otherwise the dish tastes bad.
  • If the red chilies added is not enough add a little chili powder.
  • Cook the butter beans well .

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Linking this to

Vardhinis page and nandoos kitchen


  1. One healthy and lovely curry dear, thanks a lot for linking it to the wtml event, waiting for more delicious entries from you...

    1. Thanks very much priya .Will be linking more entries soon.


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