Restaurant Style Kootu with Ridge gourd / Hotel Style Kootu

 Hotel Style Kootu with Ridge gourd:

  1. Ridge gourd / peerkangai - 1 1/2 cups, peeled and chopped
  2. Onion - 1/2 no, chopped 
  3. Hing - 1/8 tsp
  4. Green chilly - 1 no.
  5. Moong dal / paasi paruppu - 1/3 cup
  6. Channa dal/Kadala paruppu - 1/4 cup
  7. Turmeric powder -- a dash
  8. Salt - to taste 
  9. Water
To roast and grind:
  1. Urad dhal - 1 1/4 tsp
  2. Dry red chilly - 2 nos.
  3. Cumin seeds -  1/2 tsp
  4. Coconut - 2 tbsp, shredded
  5. Oil - 1/4 tsp
 For seasoning:
  1. Ghee - 1/2 tsp
  2. Oil - 1/2 tsp
  3. Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  4. Curry leaves - a sprig
  5. Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  6. Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp

  • Clean the moong dhal for once or twice and add in the pressure cooker along with the chopped ridge gourd, green chilly, turmeric powder, onion and hing. Do not add salt. Add 1/2 cup of water or add water just until it covers the vegetables and the dal, pressure cook for 3 whistles. Switch off and wait off the pressure to come down.
  • In the mean time, add 1/4 tsp of oil in a pan and roast the dry red chilly first, followed by urad dal to goden colour, then cumin seeds for 15 secs on medium low flame. Finally add the shredded coconut and toss it for 30 scs on low flame. Cool the mixture and grind to a coarse paste adding very little water.

  • Open the pressure cooker and see if it's cooked enough, if not keep it for one more whistle. Else, after opening, combine the dhal and vegetable mixture thoroughly. Now add in the ground masala and the required salt to the kootu, mix well. Cover (without the weight) and cook the kootu for 4 to 5 minutes on medium low flame. 
  • Heat the ghee and oil together in a pan and do the seasoning with the mustard seeds until it stops popping,cumin seeds until it fries evenly, followed by urad dal to golden colour and finally throw in the curry leaves and toss. Add this seasoned ingredients into the kootu and combine thoroughly. Switch off and serve with rice/pulka/roti.

  • I din't add tomatoes, u may add 1 no. of tomato for this amount of kootu.
  • Also I've added more dhal to make kootu, u may add 1/4 cup of moong dhal and 1/4 cup of channa dhal if u like.
  • Tempering with ghee adds exceptional flavor to the dish, so add at least a little.



  1. delicious and mouth watering kootu.

  2. I can have this beautiful thick and flavourful kootu with anything, even i love this kind of kootus very much.

  3. Very inviting bowl of peerkangai.. And as usual awesome shots !!

  4. Hi shanavi iniya tamil puthandu valthukal:)happy following you

  5. Wonderful recipe Shanavi.. I have never had Kootu before ever, but this post of yours has prompted me to try it once.. loved the way you have presented

    glad to be your new follower :)

  6. I am drooling!!! looks great...

  7. nice combo meal
    Thanks for visit my space

  8. Such a comforting and delicious kootu, would love to enjoy with spicy pickle...




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