Podalangai (snake guord) Poricha Kootu

This is one more kind of kootu from the Iyer cuisine. Like any other type, this is also rich in proteins from dal and the nutrition from the veg used. With these kind of dishes, you can enjoy the full advantage of the veg, without any loss of nutrients resulting from frying in oil. Check another recipe for kootu(molagootal) here. Ironically molagootal (molagu or milagu means pepper in tamil) doesn't have pepper while poricha kootu has the flavour of pepper imbibed. This makes poricha kootu spicier than its counterpart. In my humble opinion, podalangai tastes better when made as poricha kootu. So normally I make use of it for this recipe. You can also make use of chow-chow or a mix of veg like carrot, beans, avaraikkai (flat beans), raw plantain etc. to make this delicacy.

Podalangai (snake guord) - 2 cups
Moong dhall - 1/2 cup
Thoor dhall - 1 tablespoon
Turmeric a pinch
Salt to taste
For paste:
Urad dhall - 3 tsp
Channa dhall - 1 tsp
Dry red chillies - 2
Grated coconut - 1 tablespoon
Pepper - 1 tsp
Cumin - 1 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp
For seasoning:
Coconut oil - 1 tsp
Mustard - 2 tsp
Red chilli - half or 1
Urad dhall - 1/2 tsp
Hing - a pinch
Curry leaves - a few

1.Pressure cook the veg and dhall with a little water and turmeric(optional) for 2 whistles.
2. For paste: Heat oil , add urad dhall & red chillies. Fry till the dhall turns light brown. Add pepper, jeera and coconut. Fry everything till the coconut becomes dry. Cool and grind into a fine paste.

3. Mix the ground paste with the boiled veg. Add a little water if it is very thick. Heat this till frothy.
4. Heat the coconut oil, add urad dhall, mustard & red chilli. When the mustard pops, switch off the gas and add the curry leaves, hing. Pour over the prepared kootu.

Tastes great with rice and papad. I love to have this with rice & lemon pickle.


Rush said...

i love the masala u have grinded up and the color intensity it finally brings forth...cool!

lata raja said...

kootu looks delicious..nice colour and podalangai tastes heavenly in porichcha kootu than in simple stirfry.

Chitra said...

hmm.looks nice.must try this:)

Rahin said...

yummy ! wanna try this asap

Anonymous said...

wow!Delicious post!
new to me ...will try&let u know...tnx Sree

Anu said...

Kootu looks inviting. Have never tried recipe with podalangai... will try this!

Sree vidya said...

Thanx Rush!

Sree vidya said...

Thanx Latha. I can't agree more.
Thanx Chitra,Rahin,Sangi and Anu. Do try it and let me know how you like it.

Brahadesh said...

Hmmm...nice. I tried this kootu. its too good....

SANCHANA said...

Hi Vidya,
I came across ur site jus today while searching for podalanga kootu in google. I have jus stepped into the world of cooking and beleive me i tried ur kootu and its soo amazingly tasty..loved it and recommended it to my mom too...


priya said...

Hie Vidya..,
ur recipies r good, every one of them...anytime i hv a doubt regarding a dish or dnt know how to go about preparing it,it's ur recipie that i check out....

Anonymous said...

Hi Vidya

I was trying to do something different with snake gourd than my usual recipes when i came across this recipe. It came out really well. Thanks.


dhiviya said...

it was really awesome..

Dhiviya, Singapore.

saru said...

Hi Vidya,

I came across ur site jus today while searching for podalangai kootu in google. I have jus stepped into the world of cooking. i tried ur kootu just some time back... and its come out simply yummy:))) thanks a lot!!!


sudha said...

this is the best kootu recipe!!! its a big hit! and my husband loves it!
thanks vidya!

Unknown said...

vidya, as a tamil forced-bachelor living in the US, this post has made my day :)