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Jun 20, 2012

Podalangai Kootu / Snake Gourd Kootu with Moong dal

Today's recipe is very easy and comfort recipe, South Indian Special Kootu with Snake gourd/Podalangai  and moong dal combo. This kootu is little different from my Cabbage kottu(with Coconut) and Chow Chow/chayote Kootu(without coconut). I love Snake gourd and its one of my fav veg, but for the past 4 years i did not cooked this Snake gourd/Podalangai and few weeks back happened saw it very fresh n green in Indian Grocery. Then immediately picked two medium gourds and with one i made this scrumptious kootu and another one i made stir fry(posting soon). This recipe involves simple preparation and tastes so yummy with plain rice and rotis too. I just love it with curd rice, Mmmmmm!!
Do try this recipe, am sure you will love it. The recipe as follows:

  1. Snake Gourd    1 and 1/2 cup or 500gm (chopped)
  2. Moongdal   1/4 cup or 100gm
  3. Chana dal    2-3 tbsp
  4. Turmeric Powder    1/4 tsp
  5. Onion    1 medium sized (chopped)
  6. Tomato   1 medium size (chopped)
  7. Hing     1/8 tsp
  8. Salt   to taste
To Wet Grind
  1. Coconut     1/4 cup
  2. Green chilies    4-5 no.s(adjust acc. to your taste)
  3. Cumin seeds/Jeera    1/2 tsp
To Temper
  1. Oil     1-2 tsp
  2. Mustard seeds     1/2 tsp
  3. Urad dal    1/4 tsp
  4. Dry Red chilies   3 nos.(broken)
  5. Cumin seeds    1/4 tsp
  6. Fennel seeds    1/4 tsp
  7. Whole Pepper corns   3-4 no.s
  8. Curry leaves    few / 1 sprig
  9. Cilantro / coriander leaves   few/ 2sprigs chopped
  • Soak Chana dal and moong dal for 15- 20 minutes. And grind the "Wet Grind Ingredients" using little water to a smooth paste n keep aside.
  • Then cook dal with 2-3 cups of water with turmeric powder.
  • Once it turned tender but not mushy, add chopped onion, tomato n snake gourd n a pinch of hing. 
  • Combine well and then add the ground coconut paste..stir well and add enough salt and little water if u feel its too thick.
  • Allow this mixture to cook in medium heat until the raw smell leaves and vegs gets cooked.
  • Once done, remove from the stove and heat a tempering pan and add oil when its get hot add all the "tempering ingredients" one by one and wait till it splutter. 
  • Then add the tempering to the kootu, give a nice stir and add some chopped cilantro.
  • That's it Yummy n Flavorful Snake gourd kottu ready. Serve hot with plain rice n any desired stir fries or fryums.

Instead of Moong dal you can also use chana dal alone to make this kootu.
With the same recipe, instead of snake gourd you can also use cabbage, chow chow, turnip, spinach, mixed vegs like carrot,beans n peas, or any desired vegs.


  1. Hi Sangeetha ,

    WOW !!!!!!

    Looks Colourful !!!

    Podalangai koottu looks and tastes YummY


  2. the curry looks very delicious dear !!!!!nice clicks !!!!!

  3. Delicious looking kottu,love to have it with white rice and pappad,such a comforting meal..

  4. Healthy recipe. Love to have with plain rice...

  5. I always wonder what to do with snake gourd.. now I know.. :)

  6. Yummy one, I do it almost the same way..

  7. we prepare it little different.. i love to have it with rasam rice..

  8. Love this with chapathis or dosas. Healthy kootu

  9. Sangeetha kottu looks so colorful and delicious.

  10. Healthy & delish kootu...
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  11. Excellent and super comforting kootu..Can have it simply with a bowl of rice anytime.

  12. looks colorful and yummy.. perfect with plain rice..
    lovely clicks...

  13. Kootu is a comfort food for me...and this one looks really good...packed with flavors

  14. Kootu looks yummy :) very nice pics.

  15. totally new recipe to me sangee.. i dont add tomatoes to this kootu..will try this soon

  16. Yummy... I can have this kootu any day with some steaming hot rice...

  17. Hi,

    I tried this kootu and it came out very well. The taste was perfect. Since I was short of coconut, used coconut milk instead.
    Earlier I have made the bottle gourd kootu and that too was very delicious.
    Thank you so much for the recipes and the step wise pictures help much.

    1. Thanks again Nimi, am happy that you like my recipes and good that it turned out perfect to you. Adding coconut milk is also a nice idea :)

  18. Hi mam this is my first visit to ur blog and I have tried this Koottu which came out very well . Thanks for the recipe .Marked ur blog as my favourite . Wish u all success :)


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