September 19, 2014

Ash gourd with lentils (White pumpkin Kootu)

This white pumpkin gravy made with lentils is a typical South Indian side dish and gravy made often. It is a healthy recipe which can be had as a side dish for rice or had by mixing with hot rice. This type of kootu since made with roasted spices, coconut and lentils it gives a fine aroma and hence a mouth watering one. We make this in large quantity and use it along with rice for lunch and as side dish for Chapathis for dinner.... 



Ash gourd pieces cut into small cubes - 1 bowl


Moong dhal and Thuvar dhal 4 table spoons each boiled with 4 cups of water in a pressure cooker softly.


Tamarind juice taken from a half sized lemon.


Fry the following in One table spoon of oil :



Corainder seeds 2 table spoons

 Chana dhal 1 table spoon

 Red chillies 3

 Pepper 1/2 tea spoon

 Raw rice 1 tea spoon and 

 Fenugreek 1/4 tea spoon  to golden brown. 

Add these to 3 table spoons of fresh grated coconut and grind to fine paste with water and keep aside.


Boil the vegetable with salt and turmeric powder. When it is cooked 3/4th add the tamarind juice. After the raw smell goes and the veggies are boiled well add the boiled lentils with water and mix well. Then add the ground paste.Do the seasoning with mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves and hing.