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Sorakkai Kootu | Bottlegourd Lentil Stew


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.

SORAKKAI KOOTU RECIPE

{ Bottlegourd and lentil simmered in a coconut, red chilly and cumin base }
Serves 3-4


Ingredients:

1 medium sized bottlegourd / sorakkai / lauki
½ cup yellow moong dal / paasi paruppu
¼ tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste

To grind:
½ cup grated coconut
2 dry red chillies
1 tsp cumin seeds / jeera
1 tsp rice flour

For the tempering:
1 tsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp split urad dal
2 dry red chillies
1 sprig curry leaves

Method:

1. Peel the skin of bottlegourd. Scoop out the middle white part and seeds. Chop them into small cubes and transfer to a vessel.

2. Add washed moong dal, turmeric powder and enough water. Pressure cook for 1 whistle.

3. Meanwhile grind the coconut, red chillies, jeera and rice flour to a smooth paste adding little water.

4. Add the ground paste, salt to the bottlegourd- dal mixture and mix well. Simmer for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat.

5. In a small pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds, When it splutters, add red chillies, curry leaves and pour into the kootu.

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.

17 comments:

  1. we do make this as well... i know it tastes so yum... :)

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  2. Healthy kootu! Looks to good, love these pics!

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  3. Healthy kootu! Looks to good, love these pics!

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  4. Never tried surakkai,looks tempting

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  5. tastes yumm.. nice healthy dish.

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  6. That kootu on top of rice pic makes me want to eat it .

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  7. Looks yummy and healthy. Tasted must be awesome too.

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  8. very thick n delicious kootu,perfect with steamed rice dear :)

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  9. Tasty and healthy curry...... Looks tempting!

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  10. Delicious kootu.. love it with plain rice and appalams..

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  11. oh wow looks so tempting.

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  12. Lovely pics Sona.. Kootu looks delicious and sounds healthy!!!

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  13. Delicious and healthy kootu, beautiful pics too..

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  14. Looks so good... I can't wait to try it...

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  15. Delicious and healthy kootu.... Nice pics too..

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  16. Delicious looking kootu, perfect with hot steaming rice.. Lovely snaps!

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