SNAKE GOURD KOOTU / PADAVALAKAI ( PUDALANGAI ) KOOTU
Snake Gourd / Padvalakai
Turmeric / Haldi powder
Cooked split pigeon peas / tur dal
Salt to taste
To Grind ( Masala )
Cumin seeds / jeera seeds
Black pepper corns
Cut snake gourd vertical , scoop out seeds and dice into small pieces as shown in pic
Add a pinch of turmeric , required amount of water and keep snake gourd to cook . Let it cook 60 % . Don't overcook
Meanwhile , in a pan or small kadai , saute cumin seeds , pepper and red chillies . When chillies are crisp switch off and allow to cool .
Grind it smooth along with coconut and required water .
Add cooked mashed dal and salt to the partially cooked snake gourd and allow it to boil for 4-5 mins .
Later add ground masala , required amount of water and mix . Simmer and bring to boil .
Now heat oil in kadai and temper with the ingredients mentioned and add it to the snake gourd kootu and stir well.
That's it simple Snake gourd kooty is ready to serve. Enjoy it with hot rice drizzled with few drops of ghee
Don't skip pepper
Typically tamarind is not added to this curry . however if you want can add little
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