Senagapappu Kootu

In a casual conversation with my mom, I came to know that this kootu is very popular in Tamil Nadu. She also mentioned that the authentic kootu will not have any tamarind/lime juice in it. But I added it to suit our taste.

For the last day of BM #25, I picked this recipe from 'Ee Roju Vantalu' by P Sailaja. 

Ingredients - 

Chana Dal 1 cup
Bottle Gourd, cubed 1 1/2 cups
Salt as needed
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Seasoning ( Oil 2 tsp, Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Asafoetida 1/8 tsp, Curry leaves few)
To Roast and Grind - 
Urad Dal 1 Tbsp
Coconut, fresh/dry 3-4 Tbsp
Green Chillies 3-4

Senagapappu Kootu

Method Of Preparation -

Soak Chana dal for about an hour in about 3-4 cups. Drain and pressure cook the dal in adequate water. Cook the bottle gourd separately.

Roast and grind the listed ingredients adding as much water as needed.

In a pan, add oil and the rest of the seasoning. Add the cooked dal, bottle gourd, turmeric, the ground paste and salt.

Let the dal simmer for a few minutes until the raw smell disappears. Remove from fire.

Squeeze in some lime/lemon juice and serve with steaming hot rice.

Check the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#25.

Preparation Time 30 min 
Serves 4-5
Posted by Harini R on Tuesday, February 26, 2013


  1. Pavani Says:
  2. Yummy looking kootu. I love senagapappu & sorakaya combination.

  3. Sona Says:
  4. healthy and delicious kootu..

  5. Ms.Chitchat Says:
  6. Nice tasty kootu, one small tip, if you add a tablespoon of tuvar dal alongwith chenna dal while cooking, it will give you some binding, else the dal and the veggies will not bind, healthy too.

  7. Akila Says:
  8. Very yummy kootu
    Event: Dish name starts with Q till Feb 28th

  9. Kootu looks delicious. We make it often and as your mom said we don't add tamarind to kootu...

  10. Kootu looks delicious. We make it often and as your mom said we don't add tamarind to kootu...

  11. Unknown Says:
  12. very healthy and yummy kootu.

  13. yum to have with rice and papad

  14. Priya Suresh Says:
  15. Kootu looks comforting and delicious, love to add channadal in most of my dishes especially in kootus.

  16. divya Says:
  17. Looks really delicious and eye appealing. Loved the clicks a lot :)

  18. Healthy and yummy looking kootu..comfort food.

  19. Prathima Rao Says:
  20. Delicious , comforting kootu..
    Prathima Rao
    Prats corner

  21. I normally add some moong dal too while making this. And yes, we don't add lime or tamarind. But of course, it is all a matter of taste. Its is very healthy and tasty!

  22. sushma Says:
  23. Good one. I usually name kottu with moong dal.have to try this version too.

  24. Suma Gandlur Says:
  25. Telugu vanta pustakalunnaya mee daggara? :)
    Yummy kootu. I too love this but don't get to make this often because of my husband's love for coconut. :))

  26. Pinksocks Says:
  27. A really quick Dal to enjoy with fluffy rice. Always a savior.

  28. Rajani S Says:
  29. I havent heard about this dal before. For the kootu's I make, I dont roast the coconut, just grind it with chilies and jeera. And yes, no tamarind.

    But then cooking is all about personal taste and we need to adapt things to suit our palate :)

  30. Delicious and I like the use of bottle gourd here

  31. Archana Says:
  32. wow lovely kootu. The pictures are awesome.

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