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Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Pudalangai Milagu Kootu

Snake Gourd and Lentil Curry



Kootu is Lentil and Vegetable curry which is part of the South Indian thali. This is also called as poricha Kootu or milagu kootal. Various other vegetables can be used in this Kootu like the Chayote Squash(Chow chow), Turnip, Pumpkin, Beetroot and any other vegetable.

Ingredients: Quantity
Red Gram Dal 1/2 cup
Bengal Gram Dal 1/2 cup
Snake Gourd medium sized 2-3 nos
Turmeric Powder 1 tsp
Asafoetida 1/4 tsp
Salt To taste
Spice Paste:
Dried Red Chili 2-3 nos
Coriander Seeds 1 tsp
Black Peppercorns 1/2 tbsp
Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
Bengal Gram Dal 1 tsp
Urad Dal 1 tsp
Grated coconut 2 tbsp
Coconut Oil/Ghee* 1 tsp
Tempering:
Mustard Seeds 1 tsp
Urad Dal 1 tsp
Dried Red Chili halved 1 nos
Curry Leaves 1-2 strands
Coriander Leaves Chopped 2-3 tbsp
Coconut Oil/Ghee* 1 tbsp


Preparation:
1) Wash and soak Dal in water for atleast 30 min's. Peal and cut the snake gourd.
2) Pressure cook Dal's, Snake gourd, Asafoetida, Salt and turmeric powder up to two whistles.
3) Meanwhile heat ghee/coconut oil in a pan and fry the ingredients for spice paste and grind them into a fine paste.
4) Add the ground spice paste into the cooked Dal and let it cook until the raw smell disappears.
5) Heat ghee/coconut oil in a pan and add the ingredients for tempering and once the mustard seeds splutter add it into the Kootu. Serve it with steamed rice and Kuzhambu.

Note: * Usually Coconut oil is used in this Kootu. If you do not have any you can use ghee for a unique flavor.
* You can add 1 tsp tamarind to the Kootu at step 4.
* You can leave out Bengal gram Dal and just add red gram Dal or add Moong Dal.
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