This festive dish traces its origins to the Havyaka community. My friend Shilpa Bhat from Puttur, Karnataka, shared this recipe with me, adding that it is her grandpa’s favourite! Havyaks have an intrinsically healthy food system and use minimal oil in most of their dishes.
Traditionally, this lip-smacking dish brings together pumpkin, coconut, salt and green chillies, however, in this recipe, we have used pepper to spice things up instead! Serve it with grated coconut or coconut chutney to make it tastier.
Kottige usually refers to banana leaf or any other leaf shaped into cups, which are filled with rice batter and stuffing.
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