Celery moong dal kootu is an easy and simple side dish for chapati in less than 30 minutes. Celery, moong dal and coconut together make a tasty side dish.
Chop the celery finely. In a pressure cooker add moong dal, chopped celery, water and cook up to three whistles. Allow the pressure cooker to cool naturally.
Grind the shredded coconut with red chilies and cumin seeds together to a smooth paste using a blender.
In a pan heat oil add mustard seeds and wait until it splutters. Add urad dal and saute until the color changes to golden brown. Add asafoetida and mix well in the oil until the raw smell goes off.
Add chopped onion and cook until the onion becomes soft. Add turmeric powder and cook until the turmeric powder loses its raw smell.
Add the cooked moong dal and celery mixture from a pressure cooker, salt, ground coconut red chilies mixture and mix well. Allow it to boil over the low heat for a minute and serve.