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Snake Gourd Kootu | Podalangai Kootu


snake gourd kootu


Do you wish to know for what dishes snake gourd kootu, or podalangai kootu, has a good match? Savor it with poori, chapati, dosa or chitranna. If you make this kootu slightly watery, you can relish it with plain rice also.  Snake gourd kootu is a superb choice as a side dish, which is not very common, yet that is delicious.

Food Fact health benefits of snake gourd
Snake gourd is said to have the ability to prevent liver damage.1 This trait is known as hepatoprotection. 

At the heart of the taste of this side dish is the masala. It is made from grinding coconut pieces, jeera, gasa gase or poppy seeds and other items.

Chana dal is an ingredient of the snake gourd kootu recipe that also pushes the taste of this food several notches higher.

If you want to try a different dal, rather than the chana dal, then you may want to use mung or sprouted moong. The later, in particular, because of the sprouts, makes the snake gourd kootu more nutritious.

Coriander leaves, as a garnishing item, makes this kootu not only visually appealing, but also scales up its health value.

There is one more item you should not forget to use: a few drops of lemon juice.

Now, you are all set to relish the snake gourd kootu or podalangai kootu with, say poori, chapati, chitranna or plain rice.





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Ref: 1U. S. National Nutrient Database, ndb.nal.usda.gov




Servings:  4-5

Ingredients:

1. Snake gourd / cicinda / podalangai / padavala kayi / potlakaya, chopped, 2 cups 
2. Chana dal, 1/4 cup

OR
 
Sprouted mung / mung dal, 1/4 cup
3. Oil 2-3 teaspoons or to taste
4. Mustard seeds 1/4 teaspoon
5. Curry leaves 1 sprig

benefits of curry leaves
Find more about the
health benefits of curry leaves in the blog.
6. Onion, chopped, 1
7. Tomato, chopped, 1
8. Salt to taste
9. Garnishing: coriander leaves 


For Masala:

1.
Oil 1 teaspoon
2. Jeera 1/2 teaspoon
3. Poppy seeds 1 teaspoon
4. Ginger, small piece
5. Green chilies, 2 or to taste
6. Garlic cloves 3-5

garlic health benefits Here are some reasons to include garlic in your diet, in the blog:

What are the Benefits of Garlic?
7. Coconut gratings 2 tablespoons
8. Turmeric 1/8 teaspoon




How to Prepare the Masala?


1. Heat oil.





Add jeera. Fry till its color changes.
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2.
NOTE
Cut the green chilies  before frying to prevent the chilies from bursting.

Add green chilies, ginger and garlic.

Fry till the chili gets a few white spots.







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3. Add poppy seeds.

Fry for a few seconds.
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4. Add coconut gratings.  Fry till the gratings become hot.




Add turmeric. Mix.

Switch-off the stove.  Keep aside to cool.
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5. Add all the ingredients and water to a mixer jar and grind to a fine paste.



Snake gourd kootu masala is ready.

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How to make Snake Gourd Kootu?


1. Wash chana dal.

Soak the chana dal in about 1/2 cup of water for about 40 minutes.

TIP
Although you can use chana dal which is not soaked, it is recommended to use the soaked one to reduce cooking time and save gas / electricity.

NOTE
If you will use sprouted moong, instead of chana dal, add the moong in Step 8 and increase the quantity of water by 1/2 cup.
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2. Wash snake gourd.




Cut into small pieces.
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3. Add chana dal to a pressure cooker.

Add about half cup of water.


Cook for one whistle.
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Cooked Dal
4. Heat oil till it becomes hot.
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5. Add mustard seeds. Wait till the mustard begins to splutter.

Add onion and curry leaves.






Fry till the onion becomes soft.





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6. Add snake gourd.





Fry till this gourd becomes hot.
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7. Add tomato. Mix.
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8. Add snake gourd mixture to the cooker with cooked chana dal.




Add the masala.






Add little water to the mixer jar and swish. Add this water to the dal mixture.




Add salt. Mix. If the gravy is thick add more water. Mix.

TIP
If you wish to use this food with rice, make thin-gravy snake gourd kootu, adding more water.

Cook for one whistle.

Remove the cooker lid after the pressure subsides.

Mix. If the gravy is thick, add water and simmer for a few minutes.

NOTE
The gravy becomes thick as the kootu cools down.
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9. Snake gourd kootu / podalangai kootu is ready. snake gourd kootu final

TIPS Snake Gourd Kootu
1. If you do not wish to use green chilies, chili powder is a good substitute. Use this powder, 1/2 teaspoon or to taste, in Step 7.
2. Some snake gourd will be hard at one end and tapers toward soft area.  Cut a slice at the hard end. On the surface of the remaining part of the gourd, look for fiber ends. With a knife, make a partial cut at a fiber location and hold and pull-out the fiber. Repeat for the other fiber spots.
3. If the seeds of the snake gourd have a yellow coating

or

If the seeds are hard to cut

then

Do not use such seeds to make the kootu. Instead, use them to make chutney.


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