Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Kovakai Kootu | Mildy spiced Ivy Gourd with lentils

Kovakai/Ivy gourd is not a favorite among many, S is no different. Its a very healthy veggie to take in and the only way I could hide its taste was to make a kootu :). If you belong to same category , try this kootu!. Its a very simple , healthy preparation and a really quick one. Me - I can eat this subji in many other preparations as well :).

Kovakai Kootu



Ingredients

Recipe Source - My Mom  ** She is great in tricking you into eating veggies you don't like :) **

Serves - 2
Spice Level - Not spicy
Prep Time - 10 min
Cook time  - 20 min


Ivy Gourd/Kovakai - 300 gm [ chopped into small pieces]
Moon dal - 1/4 cup
Small/Sambar Onion/Shallots - 3
Garlic cloves - 2
Curry leaves - 1 Sprig
Turmeric - 1/2 Tsp
Kuzhambu/Sambar powder - 1/2 Tsp
Jeera - 1 Tsp
Water - 2 cups

To Temper


Oil - 1 Tsp
Mustard - 1 Tsp
Hing - a pinch
Urad dal - 1/2 Tsp

Salt - as per need

How do you make it

Take a pressure cooker, dump all ingredients [except the "To Temper" and salt] and pressure cook for 15-20 minutes. Keep on high flame until the first whistle and then lower flame for the remaining time. Let the cooker cool down. Meanwhile heat 1 Tsp oil in a kadai. Add hing, mustard and urad dal and let them roast. Now open the pressure cooker. Heat the cooker again at low flame , add required salt and let the kootu come to a boil . Adjust consistency of kootu now. Add more water if needed, or if its still in a loose state, let it thicken. When you have the desired consistency, switch off flame and pour in the tempering and mix well.

Serve with rice and some spicy potato curry.

Notes

You can use the same recipe with snake gourd [Podalangai] too, it will be equally yum! :)


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kitchen queen July 18, 2012 at 1:37 AM  

yum yum yummmmmmy delicious kootu.U have given me a new recipe for kovakkai.It is my hot favourite veggie and Imake it more often as a dry curry.

Swathi Iyer July 18, 2012 at 2:08 PM  

Kovakai kootu looks delicious. Always mom's recipe is the best.

Cathleen July 18, 2012 at 7:19 PM  

Yum, this looks great! I wish I had a computer when I was a vegetarian, my recipes were always so boring. If only I had this one!

Shanthi July 20, 2012 at 7:54 AM  

Nice recipe. Looks wonderful and delicious.

Spice up the Curry July 20, 2012 at 9:23 AM  

very delicious looking kootu

Swetha July 20, 2012 at 1:21 PM  

:) Thank youu!! Do try it out .

N July 22, 2012 at 6:49 PM  

Tried with podalangai the same way. I have to give it to you - this is super simple to make. I used to bother arachuvittufying thenga n everything, but this tastes equally yum! :)

Swetha July 23, 2012 at 5:12 AM  

Super Nivi! :) Glad you like it!, I usually make this with podalanga too, tried it with kovakai for change! Added a note too now, to use with podalangai! :)

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