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South Indian Bottle Gourd Kootu with moong dal.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Kootu
Cuisine: South Indian
Author: Kalyani


  • Bottle gourd - 2 cups chopped
  • Moong dal - 4 tbsp
  • Salt - as required

To Grind

  • Coconut grated - 1/4 cup
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Small onions - 2
  • Raw rice - 1/2 tsp
  • Green chillies - 2

To Temper

  • Oil - 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig



  • Peel the skin off from the bottle gourd and cut into two vertical pieces. Then chop them to small cubes. Keep aside.
  • Grind coconut, green chillies, small onions,cumin seeds and raw rice with little water to a fine paste and keep it ready.


  • Take chopped bottle gourd pieces and moong dal in a small pressure cooker and add a cup of water to it. Pressure cook it for two whistles and open the cooker once the pressure released.
  • Now add the coconut paste to the pressure cooker and mix it slowly. Start boiling the kootu in low medium flame for 5 minutes or until the kootu consistency is reached. Switch off the flame once done. Don't boil the kootu for more time after coconut paste is added.
  • Heat a tadka pan and add the items to temper. Let the mustard seeds crackle and urad dal turns brown, then add curry leaves and fry for a minute. Add the tempered items to the kootu and mix it well.


Serving: 3g