Sunday, March 17, 2013

Kadalai Paruppu Suraikkai Koottu - Chana dal And Bottle gourd Gravy


 I have started using Bengal gram dal extensively in koottus, curries and sundals for its low glycemic index.The nutty flavour and mild sweetness of Bengal gram dal are essential characteristics for preparing a flavoursome Koottu. Watery vegetables, Bengal gram dal and coconut together make a yummy combination. 


Bottle Gourd / Suraikkai - 1 

1. Wash, peel and cut suraikkai / bottle gourd into cubes. 
2. Cook the cubed gourd in enough water till tender and keep aside.

Bengal Gram Dal / Chana dal - 1/2 cup
Turmeric Powder - 1 pinch 

3. Pressure cook Bengal gram dal with 1 cup of water and turmeric powder until three whistles, and allow it to cool. 

Sesame Oil - 1/2 tsp 
Split Black gram dal- 2 tsps 
Red Chillies - 4 
Asafoetida- 1 pinch 
Cumin seeds - 2 tsp 
Fresh coconut gratings - 4 tbsps 
Onion ( Chopped ) - 4 tbsps 

5. Heat oil in a pan and roast split black gram dal on low flame till golden in colour. 
6. Add red chillies and fry till crisp. 
7. Add asafoetida and the chopped onion and saute till it becomes slightly brown. 
8. Add cumin seeds and the fresh coconut gratings. 
9. Roast for one more minute and switch off flame. 
10. Grind all the roasted ingredients into a smooth paste adding little water if necessary, and keep it aside. 

Salt - 1 1/2 tsps 
Curry leaves - a few

11. Add the cooked Bengal gram dal ( without mashing) to the cooked soraikkai. 
12. Stir in the ground paste, salt and curry leaves and cook together till all the flavours blend together and switch off flame. 

Sesame oil - 1 tsp 
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp 
Split black gram dal - 1/4 tsp 
Broken red chillies- 2 

13.Heat oil in a seasoning ladle and add the mustard seeds. 
14. Add split black gram dal and fry till golden in colour. 
15. Add the broken red chillies. 
16. Pour the seasoning over the Koottu. 

Enjoy the hot and flavoursome KADALAI PARUPPU SURAIKKAI KOOTTU with steaming hot rice or chapaties. 

4 Post your Comments:

Priya Suresh said...

One of my fav kootu, i do make this combo quite often.

Chitra said...

We too make similarly. looks delicious :)

AJ said...

Looks delicious!!

Unknown said...

It looks delicious.. Thankss a lot. For beverages check Beverage Recipes