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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Pudalangai Kootu(Snakegourd & Dhal Curry)

Pudalangai kootu, a vegetarian side dish and a specialty recipe from Tamilnadu often served with rice and sambhar/rasam. Kootu meaning vegetables cooked along with dhal in coocnut paste. This is one of my favourite side dish. Here's the recipe.
Pudalangai Kootu

  • 1/4 kg of Snake Gourd
  • 3 tbsp Split Bengal Gram
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • a pinch of turmeric powder
  • Few Curry Leaves
  • Salt to taste
To Grind

  • 3 tbsp of grated Coconut
  • 4 pods of Garlic  
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 3 Green Chillies
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
Pudalangai Kootu
  • Soak the chana dal/split bengal gram in water for 15 to 30 Min's.
  • Wash the snake gourd and split open and remove the seeds and chop them into small pieces and keep.
  • Cook the dhal by adding enough water and pinch of turmeric powder,when its 3/4th cooked remove from the flame.
  • Heat oil in a wok/kadai, when hot add mustard seeds and allow it to splutter.
  • Add curry leaves and fry for 3 seconds.
  • Then add the chopped snake gourd pieces and dhal to it and cover and cook till its 3/4th done.
  • Next add the ground paste and cook till  the raw smell goes off, between stir once and add salt to it and mix well.
  • Serve with rice and sambhar/rasam.
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