Ash Gourd is also called white gourd, winter gourd, winter melon or white pumpkin. It can be used to prepare a variety of dishes ranging from sambar to mor kuzhambu to halwa. After a long gap I am posting a very popular traditional South Indian (Tamil Brahmin) recipe. It is very easy to prepare and goes well with vathal kuzhambu, milagu kuzhambu or even any thogayal. Though I have not tried it with chapati yet, I think it will go well with chapati also.
Ash gourd in Yogurt gravy
Prep time -under 10 mins
Cook time -under 20 mins
Ash gourd -chopped -2 cups
Curd/plain yogurt -1 cup
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Coconut -1/3 cup
Green chilli -3
Cumin seeds/jeera -3/4 tsp
Raw rice or rice flour -1 tsp (if using raw rice,soak it in hot water for 15 minutes).This is used for thickening.
For the seasoning
Oil -1 tsp
Mustard seeds -1 tsp
Curry leaves -few
Remove the skin, seeds and chop the ash gourd into medium sized pieces.
Grind coconut, green chilli, cumin seeds and rice flour to a smooth paste.
Whisk yogurt, add the ground paste to it and mix well. Keep it ready.
Cook ash gourd in less water with a pinch of turmeric powder and salt until soft. If there is too much water after cooking, strain it and use a little of it for grinding the coconut mixture.
Once the ash gourd is cooked, add the yogurt +ground paste. Boil it for 5 minutes in medium heat and switch it off. Check for salt.
Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add curry leaves and pour it over the mor kootu.
Delicious Ash gourd mor kootu is ready to be served.
Note - You can use coconut oil, if preferred for more flavor.
More Pumpkin Recipes
Pumpkin Mor Kuzhambu
Ash gourd kootu (with lentils)
Parangikkai kootu (kaddu/yellow pumpkin)
Ash gourd raita
Find a list of Kootu Recipes all compiled in one page.
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