April 13, 2010

Snakegourd Kootu | Pudalangai Kootu

This is one recipe which stayed in my draft for a long time. Every time I go the Indian Stores I will get reminded that I need to cook this recipe and will get the vegetable. But somehow will not get to it and would end up trashing it :-(. This time decided to cook it the day I got it. It is one of our favorite recipe and it is great with just the white rice.

Podalangai or Snake gourd kootu or Pudalangai Kootu is a vegetarian side dish from the Southern part of India. Vegetable is cooked with the split moong dal and seasoned with Indian Spices.This side dish is a must in vegetarian feasts. Good choice for our Tamil New Year Lunch !!! Try and Enjoy..


Snake guard - 1/2 lb
Yellow moong dal - 1/2 cup
Onion - 1 no
Tomato - 1 no
Garlic - 5 no
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Green Chilly - 2 no
Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Coriander leaves
Curry leaves
Salt - for taste
Oil - 2 tsp

  • Wash and peel the outer thin layer of the snake gourd.
  • Cut it into small pieces after removing the seeds in the center.
  • Add snake guard,yellow moong dal,onion,tomato,garlic,turmeric powder,salt and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  • Grind green chilly,grated coconut,cumin seeds into a coarse paste.
  • Heat oil splutter mustard, add finely chopped onions, curry leaves. Saute until onion turns translucent
  • Add contents from cooker and allow it to cook for 5 minutes.
  • Now add the ground mixture and mix well and cook for additional 5 mins in medium low heat. Make sure the mixture is semi-liquidish.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice.



Hi shabitha, I'm first time visitor here..you have a wonderful space..I'm following you..

Kootu looks divine..cute click too..

drop at my blog sometime..


Wishing you a happy Tamil new year.. Kootu looks absolutely delicious..

Shabitha, Thanks for sending over a lovely and traditional dal.
Would love to send something for your event. :)
Have a good day.

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