Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Snake Gourd Kootu - Pudalangai Kootu recipe

Snake Gourd with Lentils

Snake Gourd kootuFor the past 4 days, I had connectivity problem, so could not update or visit others blog.I was so restless but did so many things which I will never do, if I had net connection. Well, today I am sharing a simple South Indian kootu recipe which is very common in my house. Snake gourd is rich in fibre and helps prevent constipation.I love preparing kootu as it does not need much oil, except for seasoning. I am sure you will not regret preparing this as it tastes so good and is also very easy on the digestive system. It goes well with both rice and roti .Now to the Snake gourd kootu recipe-

Ingredients needed

Snake gourd -1/4 kg
Tur dal /split yellow moong dal -1/4 cup
Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
Sambar Powder -3/4 tsp
Oil -2 tsp

For the grinding

Urad dal -1 tsp
Coriander seeds - 1 1/2 tsp
Red chillies - 2
Whole black pepper - 1/4 tsp
Grated Coconut -1/4 cup

Heat a tsp of oil and fry the above ingredients, adding coconut at the end. Grind it to a smooth paste adding little water.

For the seasoning

Mustard - 1 tsp
Urad dal -1/2 tsp
Hing/asafoetida - a pinch
Curry leaves -few leaves


First cut snake gourd vertically and scoop out the seeds. Then
cut snake gourd into small pieces. Do not cut it finely

Cook dal till soft and mash it well. Keep it aside.


Cook snake gourd in water, adding salt, turmeric powder and sambar powder till soft. Do not over cook.

Now add the cooked dal and the grounded paste and bring it to boil.

Season the kootu with the ingredients for seasoning. (ie heat oil, add mustard seeds ,when it splutters, add urad dal, hing, curry leaves and add it to the kootu.)

Other Kootu recipes which you will surely love it.

Plantain flower kootu
Ladies finger kootu
Bottle gourd kootu
Plantain stem yogurt kootu
Keerai kootu
Spinach with lentils

Meet you all with an interesting post, till then it is bye from Padhu of padhuskitchen.


  1. wow this is my fav koottu, beautiful snake carving...superb padhu

  2. Excellent kuttu! Wat a Presentation,luks very nice...

  3. Snake gourd looks cute :)
    Nice simple recipe with dal.

  4. Wow! I really like your snake with snake gourd, looks really cute.

  5. I really like this dish and the way you present your recipes.

  6. interesting time i get my hands o snake gourd, il give this a go

  7. Infact I too was having connectivity problem since morning. Things are better now. First of all beautiful snake gourd carving. Another healthy side dish from you Padhu...


  8. I never tried snackgroud so far but this looks gud ..nice pic

  9. lovely dish.... the snake grouds look cute:-)

  10. first of all very nice presentation padhu , my children and myself like this kootu very much but for grinding i use only coconut and aniseed, next time i will try as you said ....

  11. Wow taht snake carving looks so cute Padhu...Delicious kootu..

    Kairali sisters

  12. wow snake looks so cute...easy and yummy one :)

  13. my fav.kootu.looks delicious and cute presentation with the harmless snakes

  14. Presentation is just awesome padhu,.loved the dish too

  15. kootu looks yummy n inviting not the snacks :) love this kootu ...nice presentation too


  16. never had this veggie before..looks and sounds healthy option...must that cute craving of snake with the veggie...very creative of you..

  17. Look like two snakes are happy there Padhu. I like snake gourd kootu very much. Amma make lot of dishes with them

  18. wow..thats a lovely presentation dear....lovely kootu...

  19. Great kootu and super cute snakes.

  20. Snake gourd kootu looks very delicious.

  21. Delicious Kootu..presentation is awesome.

  22. I loved the two cute snakes u made....very creative...:)

  23. Oh dear.. the snake looks sooooo cute :) lovely ideas :) great presentation :)

  24. delicious and superb carving!!!

  25. I like this recipe. The presentation is awesome!

  26. Cute presentation and delicious kootu, my fav..

  27. Wonderful presentation, Padhu..This koottu is new to me, looks very tasty..

  28. Looks like a great way to run down snake gourd to my husband's belly. My south Indian friends at work often get this and I enjoy it immensely.

    Padhu I had an inquiry to make about the website. If you would drop me your email address at my email address, I would be glad.

  29. padhu really interesting kootu.. liked the snakegpurd with lentils.. best with rice too.. u know this snake will have all those delicious kootu.. nice decoration..

  30. I am drooling PAdhu.We very rarely get those tender snake gourds.The one that comes to us are thick skinned.Perfect Kootu.

  31. Very nice presentation. Thanks for visiting my blog. Started following you.

  32. Nice presentation. Lovely curry.

  33. Like this, looks tempting and delicious.

  34. Hi dear...this is really cute and yummy presentation...nice dish

  35. Creative presentation,I have never had the chance to this vegetable.

  36. you are always so creative in your presentation! looks delicious

  37. Hi Padhu..tried this recipe today..tasted excellent! i used moong dal though...just prefer using moong to toor whenever possible..

  38. Have tried it today.. wow!!! Yummy.. it came very well and tasty.. thanks for sharing the recipe..

  39. Tried this recipe yesterday and it turned out great.
    We had it with rasam and the combo was wonderful & very tasty to have.Mixing it with curd& sadaam or just mixing it with sadaam,in either wa it tastes awesome.perfect measures&method that beginners can do it easily.thanks for sharing this recipe and the presentation is wonderful.


  40. can we use moong dal instead of tur dahl

    1. Yes, you can use moong dal instead of tur dal for this kootu

  41. Thanks. The taste is very good. But I don't know how to make it like snake as picture.

  42. I used Ridge gourd instead of snake gourd and filleted the rest of the recipe as is and it came out super yummy!! Thank you for the recipe.

  43. Good Padhu
    for giving these variety of kootu.
    Lately I tried this kind of toran and kootu with
    Parwal available in North india.
    I cut the vegitable very finely for tooran and
    it tasted just like snake gourd, only when i told it is
    parwal people distinguished it from thick skin.
    parwal kooto was also liked by my NI friends.
    Louki (bottle gourd) had already been covered.
    You can suggest the other north indian veg like
    parwal, tinda in your site as alternate to our
    traditional items like snake gourd


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