Kootu is a lentil gravy and there are a lot of variations. Here, I have used kootu podi that simplifies the process a lot. I usually make the podi in bulk and store in air tight containers. Since this is a one-pot dish, it is perfect for the weeknight dinners. Kootu goes well with rasam rice, rotis, etc. Off to the recipe.
Bottle Gourd Lentil Gravy (Kootu).
- oil - 1 tsp
- mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
- red chillies - 2
- moong dal - 2 tbsp
- channa dal - 2 tbsp
- bottle gourd - 2 cups - diced
- kootu podi - 1 tsp
Kootu podi can be made following this link
- turmeric - a pinch
- water - 1 - 2 cups
- salt - to taste
Heat oil and splutter mustard seeds. Add red chillies and the rest of the ingredients. Cook for 3 - 4 whistles.
Serve with rice or roti.
If not using a pressure cooker, it takes time for the lentils to cook.
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1. Heat oil and splutter mustard seeds. Add red chillies. I am using a small pressure cooker here.2. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for 3 - 4 whistles.3. Kootu ready. Serve with rice or roti.
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