Monday, March 23, 2015

Peerkangai Kootu | பீர்க்கங்காய் கூட்டு | Ridge Gourd Kootu | Moongdal Kootu

Peerkangai Kootu is one of the famous South-Indian Recipe. Peerkangai is extremely rich in dietary fiber and enriched with all the vital elements that include Vitamin-C, Zinc, Iron, Riboflavin, Magnesium, Thiamin and traces of another minerals. It is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and calories that aids in weight loss. Check out Peerakangai recipes which I have already posted :- Peerkangai Thol Chutney, Peerkangai Chutney, Peerkangai Thol Thogayal

Today, I am posting my mother-in-law's recipe which she prepared for us when she visited few months before. I have normally tasted kootu in which dal looks mushy, but in this kootu dal holds its shape.

Ingredients :-
 Peerkangai    1  
 Tomato (roughly chopped)     2  
 Onion (roughly chopped)    1
 Moong dal    ¼ cup  
 Chilli powder    1 tsp  
 Turmeric powder    ¼ tsp 
 Mustard    ¼ tsp
 Salt to taste

Method :-
1). Wash and peel the sides of the ridge gourd. De-seed and cut into cubes. Save the peel for making Ridge gourd peel chutney or Ridge gourd peel thogayal.
2). Wash the moong dal, add it in a pan along with a cup of water and turmeric powder. I prefer to cook it on stove top than pressure cooker as it should be fully cooked but retain its shape (not mushy). Once done, switch off and keep aside. 
3). In another pan, heat oil and let mustard splutter. Then add onions and saute till translucent. Then add cubed ridge gourd and tomatoes. Mix well. 
4). Then add chilli powder and salt, combine well. Sprinkle water and let it cook till the veggie becomes soft.  
5). Once it is fully cooked and becomes soft, add the cooked dal. Combine it together and switch off ! 
Peerkangai Kootu is ready .. Serve hot with steamed rice !

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