Porichcha Kootu

Kootu is a nutritious side-dish with the goodness of protein. The vegetables, being cooked with the dal adds to the nutritive value. ‘Poricha’ – means fried. The masala ingredients added to the Kootu is fried and ground before adding to the dal-veggie mixture. It makes it rich and flavorsome. It tastes best mixed with plain Rice and Ghee.
Podlangai = Snake Gourd.
Podalangai Porichcha Kootu

2 cups Podalangai/Snake Gourd
½ cup Moong Dal
1 pinch Turmeric Pd
2 tsp Oil
½ tsp Mustard Seeds
½ tsp Urad Dal
1 Red Chilli
1 Curry Leaves
Masala Paste:
½ tsp Oil
1½ tsp Urad dal
1 tsp Channa dal
3 Red Chillies
¼ tsp Pepper
½ tsp Cumin
2 Tbsp Grated Coconut
Peel, deseed and cut snake gourd into tiny cubes.
Boil 2 cups water and cook moong dal in it with turmeric powder and ½ tsp oil.
Heat ½ tsp oil (for the masala paste) and sauté all the ingredients together; adding coconut at the very end. Cool slightly and powder coarsely.
When the dal is plump and half-cooked, add the chopped vegetable and simmer for 7 minutes. Add salt and ground paste. Simmer cook until well blended.
Heat oil for seasoning in a small pan and add mustardseeds, urad dal, chillies and curry leaves. Pour into hot Kootu.
Serve with hot Rice mixed with Ghee.


kitchen queen said…
My all time favourite is poricha kootu. This looks delicious.

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