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Crockpot Manipuri Ootti (Peas Stew of Manipur, India) June 14, 2008

Posted by live2cook in Sauces and Gravies, slow cooker recipes, Sprouts! Sprouts!, Uncategorized.

When I prepared Manipuri khichdi for our lunch, I was thinking about serving Pickle and Yogurt as sides. But, Anthony mentioned that Khichdi will go very well with Manipuri Ootti. I got interested and decided to prepare Ootti to serve with Manipuri Kichdi. Like adding fuel to fire, the ingredients for Ooti were very few and were my pantry staples setting my interest ablaze. So, I jumped in to action and set up another crock pot for Manipuri Ootti.

Anthony was right! Manipuri Ootti and Khichdi are the perfect duo. Thanks to him that we had a wonderful lunch.

Since I was planning Ootti as a side for two of our meals and the amount of soaked and sprouted green peas that I had in hand was not sufficient, I added some field beans sprouts too.


1 Cup Dried Green Peas (soaked for 8 hours or more. I Sprouted the peas. But it is optional)
1/2 Cup Dried Field Beans (Dried Lablab or Fava beans, Mochchai paruppu in Tamil, Avarekkalu in Kannada) (soaked for 8 hours or more. I Sprouted the beans. But it is optional)
2 tsp Oil
1 1/2 tsp Salt
3/4 tsp Baking soda
1/4 tsp Black Mustard seeds
1 medium sized onion (chopped)
1/4 inch piece of Ginger (Minced)
1 pinch Turmeric powder
2 Dried Red chillies (broken into large pieces)


1. Heat the oil in a small pan and add the black mustard seeds. When they splutter, add turmeric and red chilli pieces. Stir for a minute.
2. Add the chopped onion and minced ginger. Fry till the onion turns slightly brown.
3. Add this tempering to a 5 quart slow cooker insert.
4. Drain the peas and beans well and add to the tempering above.
5. Pour 2 and 1/2 cups of water. Add salt and the baking soda.
6. Cover and cook in low for 8 – 12 hours.
7. Serve with cooked rice, flat breads or Khichidi.

Manipuri Ootti

I am serving Manipuri Khichdi and Oooti to all of you through RCI – North east India hosted by Bhags.




1. Asha - June 15, 2008

That looks like a yummy combo! Great entry!:)

2. JennDZ_The LeftoverQueen - June 16, 2008

Wow, I have never had something like this before. It looks great – full of flavor!

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3. sunshinemom - June 25, 2008

I am sure the combination tasted yum! Khichdi seems to be a popular dish right from South to North!

4. lovetocook - September 12, 2008

comes otu as good as the original ooti if u put spring onions n whole jeera in the tarka

5. matouleibi - October 25, 2008

Just happen to come across your blog…the ooti looks good and yummy but in Manipur we never use..turmeric and mustard seeds for ooti.

6. Priyanka Chakpram - October 10, 2009

hi just happened to find ur blog under “ooti” google search. manipuri khichi isnt watery like how u serve in north india. they are more like pulao, dry tht is. and ur ooti doesnt look at all like the authentic traditional curry. but im glad tht u at least tried making them 🙂

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