Paruppu Suraikai Kootu / Bottle Gourd and Moong Dal Curry

BM # 66
Week :1 , Day: 1
Theme: Regional Dishes
Region:Tamil Nadu

The South Indian spreads serve a lentil based vegetable stew, called Kootu. This is served as a side dish and can be eaten with rice, roti or poori. Kootu can be made with different vegetables and lentils. It is nutritious and can be substituted for a heavier meal.

Bottle Gourd and Moong Dal both happen to be hubby's favorite, so I felt this was the perfect combination for the kootu I had to make. I was glad I made because even though bland everyone loved the comforting dish.

The Kootu was a part of the Tamil Spread that I made for the BM Buffet .

Paruppu Suraikai Kootu
Serves 2- 4
Recipe Source : Spice your Life

Ingredients11/2 cups bottle gourd, cut into large chunks
1/2 cup yellow Moong Daal

3-4 tbsp coconut
2 green chilly
1 tsp cuminseeds
Make a paste of the above ingredients.

1/2 tsp mustard seeds
Few curry leaves
1 whole red chilly broken into pieces

Wash the Daal and pressure cook the Daal and bottle gourd with salt and 1 cup water.
Once the daal and gourd are cooked add the paste and a pinch of turmeric powder to it.
Mix well and let cook for a few minutes.
Temper with mustard seeds , curry leaves and red chilly.
Serve hot.

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