Ridge Gourd Kootu - Peerkangai Kootu

Ridge gourd kootu - one of my favourite kootu dish for lunch. Naturally ridge gourd has a soft texture which is suitable for kootu dishes.


Mostly we don't add onions, tomatoes and garlic for kootu dishes. For this ridge gourd kootu I have added both chana dal and moong dal. As the ridge gourd has soft texture, it gets cooked easily in a vessel so need for pressure cooking. The dals must be cooked in pressure cooker for the smoother consistency which will be perfect for kootu dishes. My Grandma gave me this idea to include both chana dal and moong dal for this kootu because ridge gourd has high water content moong dal gives thickness to it. After cooking the ridge gourd, the kootu is followed by adding the dals and the coconut paste. The coconut based kootu dishes are popular in most Tirunelveli districts. We all like any  kootu with the combination of dals and coconut small onions cumin paste. In my opinion any kootu dishes must have a mild flavours with a medium thick consistency.

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Ridge Gourd Kootu - Peerkangai Kootu Recipe Details 



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Prep time : 15 minutes
Cook time : 15 minutes
Serves : 3
Category : side dish
Author : Muthulakshmi Madhavakrishnan

Ingredients

  • 2 ridge gourd
  • 1/8 cup chana dal
  • 1/8 cup moong dal
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp mustard
  • 1/2 tsp urid dal
  • few curry leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp oil

For coconut paste

  • 5 tbsp grated coconut
  • 3 small onions
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 red chilly

Cooking Directions

  1. Wash the ridge gourd and peel the skin completely. If the ridge gourds are tender no need to remove the pith and chop it finely.
  2. Add the chopped ridge gourd in a vessel and pour 1/2 cup water and cook on medium heat.
  3. Take a pressure cooker and add the chana dal and moong dal. Add required water and pressure cook for 5 to 7 whistles.Grind the coconut, small onions, red chilly and cumin with little water.
  4. When the ridge gourds turn soft, add the cooked dals and mix well.When the dals incorporated well with the ridge gourd add the required salt followed by ground coconut paste and turmeric powder.
  5. Allow the kootu to boil well for 5 to 7 minutes and turn off the heat.Add the milk and mix well. Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard and urid dal. When it splutters add the curry leaves and add it to the hot kootu.



Ridge Gourd Kootu - Peerkangai Kootu with step by step photos

Wash the ridge gourd and peel the skin completely. If the ridge gourds are tender no need to remove the pith and chop it finely.

Add the chopped ridge gourd in a vessel and pour 1/2 cup water and cook on medium heat.

Take a pressure cooker and add the chana dal and moong dal. Add required water and pressure cook for 5 to 7 whistles.


Grind the coconut, small onions, red chilly and cumin with little water.


When the ridge gourds turn soft, add the cooked dals and mix well.When the dals incorporated well with the ridge gourd add the required salt followed by ground coconut paste and turmeric powder.


Allow the kootu to boil well for 5 to 7 minutes and turn off the heat. Add the milk and mix well.

Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard and urid dal. When it splutters add the curry leaves and add it to the hot kootu. Healthy and tasty ridge gourd kootu is ready to serve.




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