Friday, July 25, 2014

Drumstick ridgegourd koottu

Vegetables like ridge gourd (peerkan kaai) , drumstick (murungaikai) are very native to South Indian ....especially the Tamilnadu cuisine. Whenever I cook drumstick, I find it difficult for anyone to eat ....that too men and kids consider it old fashioned to eat it in front of others :) While growing up, drumstick had played an important role in our daily menu, as we had a large tree in the backyard. So instead of buying some vegetable for sambar, it would always be murungakkai sambar. My mom used to cook the drumstick and scoop out the edible portion inside drumstick and add it in many dishes. Few weeks back I saw fresh succulent drumsticks here at the rate of $ 6 / lb . I bought 2 drumsticks for $ 2 (!) and wanted to make something delicious. I added it with ridge gourd and the result was very delicious. I made it for a Saturday lunch along with ridge gourd peel chutney and served this koottu as 'curry over rice'. It was a very light and delicious meal. Hope you all try my version of this koottu in this peek drumstick , ridgegourd season and enjoy.

Mashed drumstick ridge gourd koottu

Drumstick - 2 (long)
ridge gourd - 1 (1 lb)
green gram dhal (moong dal / paasi paruppu) - 1/4 cup
turmeric - a pinch
hing - a pinch
onion - 1
green chilly - 1
curry leaves - few
oil - 1 tbsp
mustard seed - 1/2 tsp
urid dal - 1/2 tsp
salt - to taste

Masala to grind:
coconut - 2 tbsp
dry roasted fennel - 1 tsp
green chilly - 2
cumin - 1/2 tsp

Cut the drumstick into two or three long pieces. 
Pressure cook dal along with drumstick, turmeric and hing.  Scoop out the edible inside portion of drumstick.
Squeeze and extract juice from outer layer too. Discard the fiber.
Peel the ridgegourd (save the peels for chutney...see the recipe for peerkan kaai thol thogaiyal).
Chop it into small pieces.
Chop onion, green chilly, curry leaves and keep aside.
Grind the masala to a coarse paste.
Heat oil in a wok. Let mustard crackle and urid dal gets mild red.
Then add chopped onion, chilly, curry leaves and stir till onion gets soft.
Then add the ridge gourd and cook covered with a handful of water.
It may take 5 minutes to get cooked.
After that, add the cooked dal, mashed drumstick, salt and masala paste.
Cook covered in medium heat for 2  to 3 more minutes or till the raw smell goes.
Switch off.  Garnish with chopped cilantro.
Ridge gourd drumstick curry is ready!

Serving suggestion:
Serve as curry over hot rice along with pappad and a hot chutney.
Also makes a side dish for any rice or chapati.

If needed add 1 tomato while making the koottu.


Torviewtoronto said...

combination looks wonderful I haven't had like this

Priya Suresh said...

Very different combination..such a comforting kootu.

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