Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Podalangai/Snake Gourd Poricha Kootu

Whenever I want to cook a quick meal I opt for the pressure cooking method, which not only saves time, but preserves nutrients and helps in using minimum oil.
As a child I never liked kootu, but over the years my taste buds have changed and now I love these simple and comforting dishes. Thankfully, my daughter likes molagootal and kootu very much. Both are quite similar, Molagootal is mixed with rice and eaten (like Sambar) whereas kootu is thicker and is made as an accompaniment to Sambar, Rasam or Mor Kootan. We have it even with rotis and it tastes very good.
Poricha kootu is a typical Tamil recipe. It is slightly different from the regular kootu in its ground spices. I learnt this from a Tanjore Aunty who was our neighbor in Chennai. This is a very simple and wholesome dish from which you can obtain the day’s requirement of proteins.


What you’ll need:

1. Sanke gourd or Podalangai – 3 cups (cut into small pieces)
2. Yellow Moong Dal – 3 tblsps
3. Channa Dal – 1 tblsp
4. Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
5. Salt to taste

To grind

1. Urad Dal – 1 tsp
2. Red Chillies – 1
3. Black Peppercorns – 5 – 6
4. Green Chillies – 1 or 2
5. Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
6. Fresh Grated Coconut – ½ cup

For Seasoning

1. Coconut oil – 1 tsp
2. Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp
3. Split Urad Dal – ½ tsp
4. Hing – 1 pinch
5. Curry leaves a few

Method

Pressure cook the dals and snake gourd pieces with a pinch of turmeric powder. In the meanwhile, heat a small frying pan with very little oil, fry the items 1 to 3 mentioned under to grind till dal changes color. Let it cool. Now grind it with all the other ingredients mentioned under To grind, adding little water as and when needed.
Now, transfer the cooked dal and snake gourd pieces in a vessel. Add salt and let it boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Now add the ground paste and let it simmer for few minutes or till the kootu thickens.
Remove from heat. Heat a small frying pan with a tsp of coconut oil. Add mustard seeds, once they crackle, add urad dal, as it changes color add hing and curry leaves. Pour this onto the porichha kootu.
Tasty Poricha kootu is ready to be relished with white rice and rasam.


Notes:

1. You could add a piece of Drumstick to this kootu which gives a very good flavor.
2. Cook Dals and vegetables in different containers.
3. Do not add water while cooking the snake gourd as it gives out lot of water.
4. If there is lot of water after the vegetable is cooked, allow it boil for a longer time, before adding the ground paste.
5. Adjust spice according to your taste.

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25 comments:

divya said...

Mouthwatering here, super delicious kootu,yumm!

Harini said...

sounds interesting!

Umm Mymoonah said...

Looks delicious, perfect with white rice.

Kurinji said...

Yummy kootu...

SouthIndianHome said...

Kootu becomes really handy when we want to save time.Poricha kootu looks delicious.Sometimes I even add rasam powder when I run out of time
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Priya said...

Poricha kootu looks extremely inviting,thick and fabulous..i can have happily with some lemon pickle..

Vardhini said...

Has been ages since I had podalangai .. looks so yummy and comforting.

Vardhini
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Nisha said...

Loved ur kootu , its a little different

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Divya.M said...

my favorite is poricha kootu with any veggie and milagu rasam... ur recipe is too tempting

Jayashree said...

Rasam, koottu and papadam is a very comforting combo.

Biny Anoop said...

wow looks yummmy...love the colour

Kamalika said...

Rasam and this kootu .. heaven

vaishali sabnani said...

kootu looks good ..though have never tried my hand on this!

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

kootu looks wonderful and comforting !!

Gayathri Kumar said...

I love this with rasam rice. Looks so yumm...

Pavani said...

Kootu looks absolutely delicious. I love snake gourd and will have to try your dish next time.

Ms.Chitchat said...

Perfect podalanga kootu, this was on my lunch menu yesterday :)

Panchpakwan said...

Kootu looks delicious...

Suma Gandlur said...

Simple and comforting.

Sarah Naveen said...

nice recipe..gotta try this,.yumm!!

Swathi said...

Amma used to make this , missing her now. Looks perfect.

Sobha Shyam said...

this looks delicious...lovely kootu , shall try this out..

jayasree said...

Haven't tried this porichakootu...Looks delicious.

Vidya Mali said...

Porichakootu was delicious.

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