Wash and cook the toor dal until soft and mushy. Keep it aside.
Chop all the vegetables and place them in a pot. Add enough water to cover the vegetables.
Then add the turmeric powder and sambhar powder and cook until the vegetables are soft.
Add salt and let it cook for about 5 more minutes.
In the meantime, fry all the ingredients mentioned under the table and grind it to a smooth paste when it cools down.
Once the vegetables are cooked, add the ground paste along with the cooked toor dal and mix well. Adjust the consistency of the kootu based on your preference.
Let it simmer for about 5 to 7 minutes.
Fry the seasonings in coconut oil and add it to the kootu.
Serve with rice, idli, dosai or chapatti.