This in my 50th post and these day I am lazying around to post recipes. I have successfully completed six months in the blog sphere. During these six months I have earned so much of love and attention from all my talented and friendly fellow bloggers that I never realized how fast six months just passed by.
I couldn't make anything special but can assure you that the snake gourd kootu sure is a winner recipe. Snake gourd is called as podalankai in Tamil, Potlakaya in Telugu, Padavalanga in Malayalam, Padavalakai in Kannada and Chachinda in Hindi. I am making a podalankai pal kootu, a recipe of Tamilnadu.
2 cups snake gourd
1 cup gram dal (chana dal)
1 cup fresh coconut
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp pepper corns
4-5 green chillis
1 cup whole milk
1 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp split urad dal
1-2 dry red chillies (torn in to tiny portions)
a dash of asafoetida
fresh curry leaves
fresh chopped cilantro
Pressure cook the dal for just two whistles with water just enough to cook the dal. As snake gourd gets cooked very fast I prefer cooking it for few minutes on stove top with just 1-1/2 cup of water. The snake gourd should not be over cooked, cook until it is just soft.
Grind coconut, peppercorns, cumin seeds and green chillies together. You can reduce the amount of green chillies if you don't want it very spicy because the peppercorns and the red chillies give lot of heat too.
In a deep bottomed pan, add oil and temper with the given ingredients and let them splutter. To the tempering add the ground coconut mixture with the heat on medium low. We don't want the coconut to let out the oil. The kootu should be thick, so strain the water from the pressure cooked dal and add it to the coconut mix. Let the coconut mixture get cooked for about 5-6 minutes. Now add the dal, cooked snake gourd, turmeric and salt to the mixture. Let all the flavors marry in.
Once the kootu starts getting thick turn off the heat and add milk. Garnish with fresh cilantro and delicious Snake gourd milk kootu is ready.