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Snake Gourd (Pudalankai) and Bengal Gram Kootu

Snake_Gourd_Pudalankai_Bengal_Gram_Kootu_1 Snake Gourd (Pudalankai in Tamil) is a commonly available vegetable. Pudalankai Kootu is simple to prepare and goes well with Rice, Chappati, Bread.

Serves: 6

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • Snake guard (Pudalankai) – 500 gram
  • Bengal gram – 1 cup
  • Tomato – 1 no
  • Onion – 1 no
  • Garlic – 4 pods Snake_Gourd_Pudalankai_Bengal_Gram_Kootu_2
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tea spoon
  • Cooking oil – 1 tea spoon
  • Salt – as per taste
  • For wet grinding
    • Coconut grated – 2 table spoon
    • Coriander seeds – 1 tea spoon
    • Aniseeds – ½ tea spoon
    • Cumin seeds – ½ tea spoon
    • Pepper – ½ tea spoon
    • Red chilli – 2 no
  • For seasoning
    • Mustard – ½ tea spoon
    • Urad dal – ½ tea spoon
    • Asafetida – pinch
    • Curry leaves – few

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Method

  • Chop garlic, tomato; wash and boil Bengal gram dal with turmeric powder, chopped garlic, tomato and few drops of oil in a pressure cooker till dal is soft.
  • Chop onion and snake gourd nicely and keep aside.
  • Fry items given for wet grinding with few drops of oil in a pan; cool and grind it with some water to a paste.
  • Heat a pan with oil and do the seasoning; add chopped onion and fry till onion is transparent.
  • Now add chopped snake gourd, salt, pinch of turmeric powder and stir for 2 minutes; add half cup water, cover and cook in low flame till snake gourd becomes soft; add wet ground masala, boiled dal and mix well; cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Now Snake Gourd (Pudalankai) and Bengal Gram Kootu is ready. Serve hot with Rice or Chappati.

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Tips

  • In chopped snake gourd add little turmeric powder, pinch of salt, mix well and keep for 10 minutes minimum. Drain accumulated water. This helps to cook snake gourd faster.

{ 2 comments… add one }

  • Priya February 5, 2010, 2:11 pm

    Delicious Kootu…i do the same way too..

  • Sushma Mallya February 5, 2010, 6:13 pm

    Nice and delicious curry

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