Friday, February 11, 2011

Bottlegourd koottu

This is the recipe for a koottu (side dish) I make with bottlegourd. Any watery vegetable like white pumpkin, ridge gourd can also be used.

suraikkai koottu

Bottlegourd (suraikkai) - 300 gms
channa dhal - 1/2 cup

To grind:
shredded coconut - 1/2 cup
green chillies - 3
cumin - 1 tsp

To temper:
Mustard seed - 1/2 tsp
sesame oil - 1 tsp
curry leaf - 1 sprig
onion - 2 tbsp

Wash the channa dhal and cook it with some water.
Peel the skin of the bottle gourd. Chop it into small cubes. Donot discard the seeds. Tender seeds tastes good.
Grind the items given and keep aside.
After the dhal is almost cooked add the chopped bottle gourd and cook covered. As soon as it is cooked add salt and the ground masala.
Heat oil in another wok and let the mustard splutter. Then add the curry leaf, finely chopped onion and let them wilt. Pour this over the cooked curry.
Check for salt and switch off.
Bottle gourd koottu is ready!

Serving suggesetion:
Makes more than 4 or 5 servings.
Serve as side dish with any rice or roti.

*Normally a small bottle gourd will weigh more than 1/2 kg. But we may get a lot of koottu by this recipe. So cut 3/4 th of the bottlegourd and make the koottu and use the other portion to make pachadi or sambar.
*Fresh Bottle gourd salad or semi cooked one (pachadi) has the property to reduce body fat. I am not sure of this fact, but they believe so in Tamilnadu villages.


Prema said...

yummy kuttu! i too prepare almost the same method...Luks delicious...

Soumya said...

yummy koottu...very comforting side fav

Indian Khana said...

I never made kootu with bottlegourd ...and this looks gud ..shall try sometime

Swathi said...

Bottle gourd looks made just like my mom makes.

aipi said...

that sounds like such a comfort it!

US Masala

Priya Suresh said...

My fav anytime,love this kootu with anything..

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Very healthy & delicious.

Sushma Mallya said...

simple and tempting one...

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious kootu dear

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

looks delicious... love it...

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Nice side dish with rice

Hamaree Rasoi

Sangeetha Nambi said...

Even my method is same as urs. Keep rocking :)

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