Ashgourd (Pooshanikai) Kootu

Ingredients

  • Ash Gourd – a medium size piece
  • Bengal Gram Dhal – ½ cup
  • Coconut gratings – ¼ cup
  • Green chillies – 2
  • Jeera – 1 teaspoon
  • Rice – 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric Power – a pinch
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste
  • For seasoning:
  • Oil – 1 teaspoon
  • Mustard – ½ teaspoon
  • Small onion – 2 Nos
  • Curry leaves – few

Ashgourd, also known as White Pumpkin is “Pooshanikai” in Tamil. We can make kootu, sambar, mor kuzhambu and halwa from this vegetable.

Directions

  1. Remove skin, seeds and white portion from the ash gourd. Cut it into small cubes.
  2. Cook the bengal gram dhal till soft.
  3. Grind coconut, green chillies, jeera and rice to a fine paste.
  4. Put the ash gourd pieces in a vessel, add turmeric powder and salt and add just enough water to cover the vegetable. Cook on medium flame till the vegetable is soft. Add cooked bengal gram dhal and mix well. Then add the ground coconut paste and stir well. Allow to boil for 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Season it with mustard, small onion (chopped finely) and curry leaves.

19 Comments

  1. Dear kamala,
    I prepared this recipe with Bengal gram dal and added moong dhal along with it. It was very nice.
    Thanks
    Regards
    Arthy

  2. bengal gram in tamil ? paasi paruppu ?
    google says all which i dont want.
    i was in a thinking both moong dhal and bengal gram are same. is that so ?

  3. You wrote “Season it with mustard, small onion (chopped finely) and curry leaves.”
    Here did you mean raw uncooked chopped onions?

    Thanks

    • Hi Sharma,

      Seasoning is put the ingredients in a teaspoon of hot oil and fry for few seconds and then add it to the dish. In a small kadai put a teaspoon of oil and when it is hot add mustard. When it pops up add chopped onion and curry leaves and fry for few seconds. Then add this to the Kootu.

  4. Madam, Can I cook both the dal & the vegetable together?

    • Hi Hema,

      You can cook both. However, I prefer to cook dhal and vegetable separately since the cooking time varies for both. If you cook alongwith dhal, vegetable get overcooked and the taste will differ.

  5. Nandita Shivkumar

    Thanks a lot for this one and all your other recipes. I love our south indian food especially kootus. Got to know the exact way to prepare and cant wait to try them all one by one. From the recipes, i know they will turn out to be yummy.

  6. Hello Kamala,

    Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge and talents with all of us. I learnt some cooking tips and kolams from you. God bless you.

    Regards,
    Priya Ram

  7. hello kamala,

    Thank u for sharing …this recepie s very good…happie cooking 🙂

  8. Is rice Raw or cooked one?

  9. Thanks for this recipe..simple and very tasty.

  10. Under which heading is rasavangi?
    Trying to do it. Needed receipe

  11. Hi Kamala,
    Just wanted to know, can i use only moong dhal for this recipe?

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