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Feb 15, 2013

Poosanikkai Puli Kootu / Puli Kootu Recipe / Tangy Ash gourd & Lentils Curry

Today's recipe is a south Indian traditional recipe, very healthy and filling side dish made using lentils and ash gourd. This is a tamarind based curry and i first time tried this recipe from Vardhini's CooksJoy. This recipe was recommended to me by my sister who is one of Vardhini's follower :) We usually make kootu without tamarind and i had already posted a 3 different version of koottu. This Puli kottu is entirely different from my family version and so my sister wanted to try this recipe using cluster beans as per the original recipe. And it was liked by her family members and she recommended me to try this kootu. So without any second thought I tried this puli kootu with poosanikkai and it turned out so good, even my little one liked it with rice. Thanks Vardhini for this yummy recipe, we loved it!

This kootu recipe is so simple and made using freshly roasted n ground masala cooked in tamarind water then lastly tempered. Such a comfort and delicious side dish with rice n papad. This was the picture which I mentioned in my previous post, I know the pics weren't that great as I wanted to present, but I was not able to concentrate much on photography as my fingers were started to ache due to minus degrees,  felt my fingers got frozen and can't do anything further, so hurried up getting things and went inside, while closing the door my fingers got stuck between the patio doors, it was so painful no words to describe :( Sure a recipe to remember forever :) 

For Kootu
  1. Ash gourd     2 cups(chopped)
  2. Channa Dal    1/4 cup (cooked)
  3. Onion    1 small(finely chopped)
  4. Tamarind paste      1 tbsp(dissolved in 1/2 cup of water)
  5. Salt    to taste
  6. Cilantro     few (to garnish)
To Roast & Grind Masala
  1. Oil     1/4 tsp
  2. Chana dal     2 tsp
  3. Urad dal     1 tsp
  4. Tuvar dal/Toor dal    1 tsp
  5. Dry Red chilli      2 no.s
  6. Coriander seeds    1 tbsp
  7. Jeera     1/2 tsp
  8. Coconut     1/4 cup(shredded)
To Temper
  1. Oil     1-2 tsp
  2. Mustard seeds    1/4 tsp
  3. Cumin seeds   1/4 tsp
  4. Curry leaves     1 sprig
  5. Dry red chilli     1 no.(broken)
  • Wash and cook channa dal with enough water till tender and soft, not mushy. Then drain the excess water and keep the cooked dal aside.
  • Heat 1/4 tsp oil in a pan, roast all the ingredients (from chana dal -jeera)except coconut till light golden brown n flavor comes. 
  • After that allow the spices to cool down then grind it to a fine coarse paste along with coconut using little water and keep aside.
  • Now bring tamarind water(sprinkle turmeric powder) to boil once it starts boiling add ash gourd and onions and cook till its half cooked.
  • Then add ground masala paste stir fry for 2 minutes then add cooked dal and little water, enough salt and bring it to boil or cook until the spices blend well with the tamarind water n vegetables.
  • Once done, switch off the stove and heat oil in tempering pan add the tempering ingredients one by one and wait till it splutter then add it to the puli kootu, mix well and garnish with cilantro.
  • That's it...Tangy & Yummy Poosanikkai Puli Kootu Ready.
With the same recipe, instead of ash gourd u can also use cluster beans, chow chow, snake gourd, raw banana, etc.


  1. Im trying this, its definite...I'm having it in the fridge...

  2. Lovely shot :) esp with background ice :)

  3. I love the background and it is very creative too!

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  5. You have some drool worthy pics and recipes. Love the Kootu with the snow in the background.

  6. wow very delicious kootu n i love this type of kootu much.. pictures in the snow just awesome... can't take my eyes from it...

  7. never tried kootu this way.. since u and ur sis say so much abt the dish, wl give this a try for sure..:)

  8. you have done very well....i like ur clear explanation dear...

  9. delicios kootu with stepbystep pictures dear, love the snow background, super shot Sangee :-)

  10. Very nice and comforting kootu, nice presentation too

  11. Love this kootu, nice clicks Sangee..

  12. looks yummy and very very delectable...

  13. Love Kootu so much.. But this method is new to me. Looks so delicious!!
    Pictures look great!!

  14. lovely shot.. hope your fingers are better Sangee.. Take care

  15. Thanks for stopping me dear...Happy to follow u:)Looks so delicious!!

  16. the background snow is really eye refreshing...loving the recipe as it sounds simple n delicious

  17. Wow looks at that...lovely clicks with snow

  18. Super cool snow background akka lovely and unique presentation, what a lovely kootu I love it so much...looks so delicious... :)


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