Kootu in Tamil, according to Wiki, is a dish made with vegetables and lentils in a semi liquid form. Such a simple explanation for such an elegant form of food! I shall blog three such Kootu recipes which we enjoy at home as part of BM #28. 

Poricha Kootu, as I understand, is when urad dal and pepper are freshly ground to flavor the kootu.
So whatever vegetable you use with this combination of masala, it qualifies as poricha kootu. Please correct me if I am wrong, though.

Bottle Gourd Poricha Kootu

Ingredients - 

Moong Dal 3/4 cup
Bottle Gourd, chopped 1 1/2 cups
Salt to taste
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Seasoning (Oil 2 tsp, Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Curry leaves few, Asafoetida 1/8 tsp)

To Roast and Grind - 
Red Chilli 2 Nos 
Black Pepper 1 tsp
Jeera ½ tsp
Urad Dhal 2 tsp
Coconut 2 Tbsp

Method Of Preparation -

Pressure cook bottle gourd and moong dal until they are cooked well. 

Roast all the ingredients listed under 'roast and grind' separately and grind them adding a little water to make a smooth paste. Set aside.

In a heated pan, add oil and the rest of the seasoning. After the mustard seeds pop, add the ground masala paste and let it cook for a minute or two. Add a little water if needed.

Add the cooked dal and bottle gourd mixture to the simmering paste. Sprinkle salt and turmeric and let the mixture simmer. 

Remove from fire and garnish with coriander leaves if preferred.

I had to squeeze in some lime juice to appeal to my taste buds.

Please note that the traditional Tamilian Kootu usually (there are some exceptions, though) doesn't have any sour agent be it tamarind or lime/lemon juice. 

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#28.

Preparation Time 35 min
Serves 4-5
Posted by Harini R on Friday, May 17, 2013


  1. loved this recipe dear :)

  2. Delicious and mouthwatering Kootu.

  3. that was an insightful post...nice recipe, i love black pepper ad urad dal combinaton, will definitely love to try this recipe

  4. Priya Suresh Says:
  5. Delicious and definitely a finger licking kootu, beautiful spread.

  6. drollworthy and awesome kootu.

  7. this one utilizes one of my fave Indian veggies...a must try!

  8. Sona Says:
  9. delicious kootu.

  10. Pavani Says:
  11. Such a flavorful and tasty kootu.. Yumm!!

  12. Srivalli Says:
  13. I am all for traditional recipes and reasons. However if something added gives more taste, why not!...moreover, I always think our elders would have given conditions based on what was available to them. That doesn't mean the new add-ons are not right...dish looks and sounds yum!

  14. Suma Gandlur Says:
  15. My kids and I love moong n any form. Will try this later.

  16. Beautiful spread & delicious kootu

  17. Unknown Says:
  18. dish is looking delicious... nice additions too!!! love kootu for its versatility!!
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  19. Looks Delicious!!! Love the Spice of Pepper in poricha kootu!!!

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