Spicy Vegetable Gravy is a chettinad style Masala Kootu that I prepared using snake gourd in this post. Masala kootu may be prepared with other vegetables like ash gourd (vellai poosani), pumpkin (manjal poosani), ridge gourd (peerkangai), bottle gourd (suraikai), chayote (chow-chow), cucumber (vellari), or cabbage (muttakose).
Health Benefits: Snake gourds have cooling effects on our body and also helps producing body fluid. As it keeps our body hydrated, ideally it can be taken during summer and may be avoided during monsoon.
Pudalangai masala kootu is a delicious & aromatic gravy that can be served as a side for rice, poori or roti. It goes well with rice and sambar, rasam or any kuzhambu.
The recipe for pudalangai masala kootu is as below:
Cooking Time: 30 min
- Snake gourd (pudalangai) – 3 pieces (each one foot length)
- Cooked green gram – 1/4 cup
- Cooked black eyed peas (kaaramani or thatta payaru) – 1/4 cup
- Salt – 3/4 tsp
- Coconut oil – 1 tsp
- Fennel seeds – 1/4 tsp
- Onion – 1 No
- Tomato – 2 Nos.
- Green chillies – 2 Nos.
- Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
- Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
- Coconut – 4 pieces (each 1″)
- Coconut oil – 1 tsp
- Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
- Curry leaves – 1 sprig
- Red chilli – 1 No.
Mise en place:
- Wash gourd and scrape off its snowy top layer.
- Half them vertically and remove its soft fibers & seeds.
- Cut them into strips & chop the strips into cubes as shown in the images below.
- Steam them in a steamer until they cooked soft and keep aside.
Preparing masala: Please refer the ingredients listed under “For Masala”
- Chop onion & tomatoes into large cubes.
- Chop green chillies & coconut pieces into 1/2 inch pieces.
- Heat a pan with oil and add fennel seeds.
- Add chopped onion & green chillies until onion turns translucent.
- Add red chilli powder & turmeric powder and saute for 10 sec.
- Add chopped tomatoes & saute till they turn mushy.
- Remove from flame and keep aside till it reaches room temperature.
- In a mixer-grinder jar add coconut, sauteed onion & tomatoes and grind into a smooth paste by adding little water.
- Heat a pan with steamed vegetable in low flame.
- Add cooked green gram and mix well.
- Add masala paste and mix well.
- Add salt & hot water* (to get required consistency) and cook in medium flame.
- Add cooked black eyed peas and bring to a final boil.
- Add tempering after turning off the heat.
- Serve hot with rice, poori or roti.
* You can use left-over hot water while steaming vegetable (or while pressure cooking lentils).
- You can use whole chickpeas (chana) or split chickpeas (kadalai paruppu) instead of black eyed peas.
- I have pressure cooked split green gram & black eyed bean with little salt separately.
- I used green chillies for flavor, red chilli powder for color; if you want you may use any one of them.