June 28, 2011

Lauki Kootu -Bottle Gourd and Chana dal in spiced coconut paste

Today is the 6th day of the blogging marathon. I made a simple kootu using bottle gourd/lauki.  Its a simple recipe and with pressure cooking, it gets done relatively easier.

You need

  • Bottle gourd, chopped into bite size - 2 cups
  • Chana dal - 1/4 cup
  • Turmeric - a pinch
  • salt to taste

To grind

  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Red chilly - 1 no
  • Cumin - 1/2 tspn

To temper

  • Oil - 1 tspn
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tspn
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tspn

  • Curry leaves - 1 stalk.

Cook chana dal, chopped bottle gourd and turmeric with just enough water to cover the ingredients. The chana dal should be cooked soft and not mushy. Drain the excess water after cooking.

Take a kadai. Add the ingredients for tempering. When the mustard seeds crackle, add the cooked lauki and chana dal. Add salt and let it cook for 5 minutes or so. 

Grind coconut, red chilly and cumin to paste with out adding water. Add the ground paste to the cooked lauki and dal. Mix well and let it cook so that the excess water dries up.  Finally add the curry leaves and remove from fire. This goes very well with sambhar or morkootan.

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  1. Oh,that's such a delicious kootu Jayasree.tempting one.

  2. Simply inviting and droolworthy kootu..delicious!

  3. Lauki and chana dal makes the perfect combo..

  4. Delicious looking kootu. Seems to be very nutritious as well.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  5. we make this with onions and tomatoes...minus the coconut ..this is definately a welcome change:)

  6. Love all kinds of kootu..they are so easy to whip up...looks yummy

  7. Slurppp..Looks tempting & mouth watering.

  8. Simple but goes very well with rice and rasam

  9. Love making this always..looks excellent

  10. We make this kootu in dal/gravy style with onion and tomato.We don't add coconut to it in rajasthan because of the scarcity of it.


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