Bottlegourd Kootu

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 3 comments
Kootu is such a simple, quick and healthy preparation. They can be done with a mix of vegetables or even a single vegetable. 

Kootu tastes amazing when the masala is roasted and prepared fresh. I had posted a recipe of that here.You can also prepare kootu in matter of minutes using sambar powder, the recipe of which is given below.

1/2 cup dal of your choice (toor dal/ chana dal/ moong dal)
2 cups cubed bottlegourd
1 ts sambar powder
1/4 ts turmeric powder
Handful of chopped coriander leaves

To grind
3 ts grated coconut
1 ts cumin seed
2 green chillies (optional)
2 ts pottu kadalai (optional)

Grind these ingredients together with very little water

To temper
1 ts mustard seed
1/4 ts hing
Few curry leaves
2 red chillies


- Pressure cook the dals with salt, turmeric powder and little water.
- After the air is released add the chopped vegetables and give one more whistle.
- After the air subsides, add the ground paste and give it a boil.
- Reduce the flame to a simmer and let it cook until the gravy is thickened.
- Add chopped coriander leaves.
- Temper oil with mustard seed, hing, red chillies and curry leaves.
- Mix them with the gravy.

Enjoy them with steamed rice, pickle and papad. They also taste amazing with rasam. Also tastes good with chapati.


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