Kootu is a South Indian stew with vegetables and lentils simmered in a coconut base. Kootu is made with either chana dal or moong dal with vegetables like pumpkin, bottlegourd, chow chow, cabbage, spinach etc. Kootu makes a very healthy and light meal. Usually kootu is served as a side dish to rice, but it goes well with chapathi too.
Sorakkai kootu can be prepared either with chana dal (kadalai paruppu) or moong dal (paasi paruppu). Here I have made the kootu with yellow moong dal. You can cook the vegetable and lentil directly in a vessel, but pressure cooking is an easier method and saves time. Serve kootu with hot rice and any vegetable stir fry. I served the kootu with seppankizhangu roast for lunch and had the leftover with chapathi for dinner.
Notes and Tips
- Instead of pressure cooking, you can cook the bottle gourd and dal together directly in a vessel. It will take around 15-20 minutes.
- Kootu has a thick consistency, so add water just enough to immerse the bottlegourd and dal.