Spicy Vegetable Gravy

Spicy Vegetable Gravy is a chettinad style Masala Kootu prepared with snake gourd. Snake gourds have cooling effects on our body and it helps producing body fluid. So it is much required specially for people living in India where they have long summer.

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Pudalangai masala kootu is my favorite dish for being so tasty & aromatic. It can be served as a side for rice, poori & roti. It goes well with rice and sambar, rasam or any kuzhambu.

IMG_7402The recipe for pudalangai masala kootu is as below:

Cooking Time: 30 min

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  1. Snake gourd – 3 pieces (each one foot length)
  2. Cooked green gram – 1/4 cup
  3. Cooked black eyed peas (kaaramani or thatta payaru) – 1/4 cup
  4. Salt – 3/4 tsp

For masala:

  1. Coconut oil – 1 tsp
  2. Fennel seeds – 1/4 tsp
  3. Onion – 1 No
  4. Tomato – 2 Nos.
  5. Green chillies – 2 Nos.
  6. Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  7. Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  8. Coconut – 4 pieces (each 1″)

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For tempering:

  1. Coconut oil – 1 tsp
  2. Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  3. Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  4. Red chilli – 1 No.

Mise en Place:

     Preparing vegetable: 

  • 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 image 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.

Cooking Method:

  • 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 used for steaming vegetable (or used for pressure cooking lentils).

Variations:

  • Masala kootu can also be prepared with any other gourd (like vellai poosani, manjal poosani, suraikai), chayote (chow-chow), cucumber (vellari), cabbage (muttakose), or elephant’s foot yam (chaenai).
  • You can use whole chickpeas (chana) or split chickpeas (kadalai paruppu) instead of black eyed peas.

Please Note:

  1. I have pressure cooked split green gram & black eyed bean with little salt in separate containers.
  2. I used green chillies for flavor, red chilli powder for color; if you want you can just use any one of them.
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27 Comments Add yours

  1. Looks yummy. Just one question. This might sound ridiculous and rather stupid. But snake gourd. Is that actual snake. Like no-leg-lizard, wiggle-on-the-ground, enjoy-biting-people snake??

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    1. Megala says:

      Hahaha! It is a tropical vegetable somewhat similar to summer squash!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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      1. Thanks for clearing that up. It sounds like it tastes nice 🙂 Your cooking looks delicious 🙂

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      2. Megala says:

        Thanks for your kind appreciation!

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  2. So glad that your like in my post got me to your space. Your recipes are traditional and many of them remind me of my mom’s cooking and all that she taught me. Will try this one the next time I get Padavalam.

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much!

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      1. My pleasure, Megala!

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  3. I don’t think I have tried this one before.
    The problem is I had a lot of curries before sometimes I just don’t remember their names.

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    1. Megala says:

      Hope you may like it! 🙂
      Thanks !

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Megala says:

      Yes, it is! Thanks for stopping by!

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      1. bunchup says:

        You’re welcome.💖💖💖

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  5. I can’t wait to make this!

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks Vidhya.

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  6. chefkreso says:

    Sounds yummy, perfect in so many recipes!

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much.

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  7. Looks like a super healthy dish Megala! Have never tried this combo. Definitely in my “to cook list “! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks Radhika!
      I am glad that you like it!!

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  8. Looks delicious…Shall try it ASAP….

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