Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Snake gourd Kootu Recipe | Pudalangai Kootu

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snake gourd kootu
Snake gourd Kootu recipe with step by step photos.I rarely bring snake gourd home not that we don't like it but somehow it does not get its priority in my grocery list.My mom prepares various recipes with snake gourd like simple stir fry, dal, Pindi miriyam and even payasam.Last time when I got this vegetable I prepared this kootu and it was quite nice and paired nicely with rice.It is a very simple dal preparation with the addition of coconut which gives quite a unique taste to this kootu.I had posted Potlakaya(Snake gourd) Kobbari Koora in my blog long time back,check out the recipe here .
snake gourd kootu
Here is how to make snake gourd kootu with step by step photos:
Snake gourd Kootu Recipe | Pudalangai Kootu:

Serves 2-3 | Author: Prathibha
Prep time: 10 mins | Cooking time: 30 mins | Total time: 40 mins
Cuisine: South Indian | Category: Lentils/Maincourse

1 long Snake gourd
1/3 cup Toor dal
2 tbsp Chana dal,optional
1/3 tsp Turmeric powder
Salt to taste

to grind:
1/4 cup grated/frozen Coconut
1 tsp Cumin seeds
3-4 Red chilies

to temper:
1 tsp Oil/ghee
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Urad dal
a sprig of Curry leaves
2 Red chilies,broken
1/4 tsp Asafoetida

  • Peel the snake gourd and cut into half and scoop out the seeds and cut it into thin slices or small cubes and add enough water to it and boil until done.You can even pressure cook it for 2-3 whistles.
  • Grind coconut with red chilies and cumin seeds to a fine paste adding water.                      
  • Wash and soak toor dal and chana dal for 10 mins and pressure cook adding enough water with turmeric powder and salt.
  • Mash the dal slightly and add cooked snake gourd pieces and ground coconut paste and let it come to a boil.Adjust the salt and the consistency of the gravy, it needs to be thick like dal.
  • In a small tempering pan heat oil or ghee and crackle mustard seeds and add urad dal and fry until it turns red in color and then add red chilies,curry leaves and asafoetida and fry until the curry leaves wilt and add the tempering to the boiling lentil-vegetable mixture and mix it and close it.
Serve it hot with hot steamed rice and other accompaniments.

  1. You can use moong dal instead of toor dal.I add chana dal as it gives a nice bite to the kootu.
  2. Cabbage or ridge gourd or Spinach can be substituted with snake gourd to make cabbage kootu or ridge gourd kootu or Keerai kootu respectively.
snake gourd kootu


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