Sunday 3 March 2013

Pudalangai Kootu/Snake Gourd Kootu

Kootu is a simple and healthy dish. Kootu means vegetables added with lentils and is a side dish in a tamil feast. It can be mixed in rice and given to kids so they get the proteins from dhals and the vegetables at the same time. It is generally made either with Thoor dhal or Moong dhal or Bengal gram dhal. This pudalangai(snake gourd) kootu is made with moong dhal. Check out other delicious kootu varieties here.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…


Pudalangai (Snake gourd)
250 gm
Paccha paruppu(Moong dhal)
½ cup
1 chopped finely
Red chillies
Black Pepper Corns
Mustard Seeds
¼ tsp
Cumin Seeds
¼ tsp
Urad dhal
¼ tsp
Curry leaves
1 tsp
2 pinches

For Grinding

Grated Coconut
3 tbsp
Green Chillies
Cumin Seeds
½ tsp

Wash, clean and cut the snake gourd and keep it aside. Roast the dhal to golden brown and keep it aside.

In a pressure cooker heat the oil, add mustard seeds after it splutters add the cumin seeds, urad dhal, red chillies, pepper corns and curry leaves.

Add the onions and sauté until golden brown, now add the pudalangai, asafoetida and sauté for a min. Add the moong dhal, salt and mix it well. Now add 1/2  cup of water and pressure cook it for one whistle.

Grind the coconut, chillies and cumin seeds to fine paste. Add it to the cooked dhal and cook for 3 mins.

Yummy pudalangai kootu is ready to be served.

Note: You don't need pressure cooker to cook this dish, add more water and cook directly on the stove in a kadai.

Other Kootu Varities that might be of your interest

Beetroot Kootu [Chana dal]
Chow Chow Kootu

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  1. Healthy kootu. first time here. happy to follow u

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  3. Kootu is my favorite...1st time here..glad to follow you.

    1. Iam so glad Vidya u visited my blog, happy u r following me...

  4. yummy kootu :) thanks for hopping to my blog dear :) happy to follow you :)

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  5. Thank you Vidya, Thank you for following...

  6. One of my comforting food, droolworthy kootu,thanks for sending to CWS.

  7. very homey and very comforting!!! Thanks for linking it to my event!! Looking for more yummy recipes!!
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  8. Very yummy kootu, wud luv to have it with rice ;)


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