June 26, 2011

Lauki Whole Moong Curry

Today, I decided to make a gravy with bottle gourd. As I wrote before, I have been including bottle gourd in gravies as substitute veggie. For the first time, I cooked with kokum. I liked the subtle tanginess of kokum. I was hesistant to add more kokum since I did not have much idea about the sourness level of this.

You need
  • Bottle gourd/Lauki/Sorakkai - cubed, around 1 cup
  • Cooked whole moong - 1 cup
  • Kokum rind - 1 whole
  • Coriander powder - 2 tspn
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tspn
  • Salt to taste
  • tumeric - 1/4 tspn
  • Hing 1/4 tspn
  • Tomato - 1 no, grated

  • Oil - 1 tspn
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tspn
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tspn
  • Red chilli - 2nos, broken into two

  • Curry leaves
  • Coriander leaves

Pressure cook whole moong till it is cooked and not too mushy. Peel, de-seed the bottle gourd. Cut the gourd into bite sized cubes. Take the chopped gourd in a vessel. Add two cups of water. Add turmeric, salt, red chilly powder, coriander powder and kokum. When the veggie is cooked, add the cooked whole moong.  Grate a tomato and add to the cooking gravy. I added tomato to give a body to the gravy.Simmer for few minutes. Add curry leaves and coriander leaves.

Heat oil in a seasoning ladle and add the tempering ingredients. When the mustard seeds crackle and urad dal starts browning, tip it to the gravy. 

The gravy is not very thick. If you want it to make it slightly thicker, add a teaspoon of rice flour to half cup of water and mix well. Add this to the gravy when it starts simmering.  I did not add this. The gravy was not too thin like rasam. 

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  1. Interesting ! I never used kokum in my cooking..

  2. Unique recipe to me..Will try this one!

  3. i like this combo...and adding kokum will surely enhance the flavor.

  4. Intresting recipe. I am new to kokum. I've to google to know what it is.
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  5. Very healthy and tasty looking lauki curry. Wonderfully prepared.

  6. wow so tempting !! looks so wonderful !!

  7. Curry looks wholesome and inviting..yumm!

  8. Different combo...looks nice...:)

  9. Gravy looks nice. I have some kokum .Now I know what to make with it :)

  10. Lauki and dal make a comforting combo.

  11. Sounds quite easy to make. So, was kudampuli similar to the normal puli, or more sour?

  12. I have never used Kokum in my cooking...this is an interesting recipe

  13. Delish ...just need some rice to enjoy these

  14. Yumm - I love this dal . Make it too though in a somewhat different way:)

  15. The combo of lauki - moongdal must make a it healthy one. Looks delicious!

  16. This curry sounds very intrestin will try this soon.

  17. I have a whole batch of kokum, will surely try this out..

  18. Nice lauki recipe with kokum.


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