Peerkangai/Ridge gourd(Chinese okra) Poricha Kootu

For the final day of Blogging Marathon#28,made a simple and flavorful kootu which is often made in our households.
 As this kootu is very light and healthy,it is given a the time of postpartum period.The same recipe can be followed for veggies such as snake gourd,broad beans,French beans,egg plant. Now off to the recipe.............................


Rigde gourd/peerkangai 2(chopped )
Moong dhal/paasiparuppu1/3cup
Onion/vengayam1(small size)
Turmeric powder/manjal podi1/4tsp

To roast and grind 

Coconut(grated) 1/4cup
Channa dhal/kadalaparuppu1tsp
Coriander seeds/varakothamalli1tsp
Cumin seeds/jeergam1/4tsp
Pepper corns/milagu1/8tsp
Red chilly/varamilagai2nos.

For the tempering

Mustard seed/kadugu1/2tsp
Urad dhal/uluthamparuppu1/2tsp
Red chilly(broken)1
Asafoetida/perungayama pinch
Curry leaves/karivepillai 5 leaves

  • Cook the dhal in the pressure cooker for 2 whistles or till it becomes soft and mushy.
  • Heat a tsp of oil in a pan and roast the ingredients to a golden color and a nice aroma comes out.After cooling grind it to a fine paste and keep it aside.
  • In a pan add the chopped ridge gourd and onion,add the turmeric powder,salt.Sprinkle enough water and cook it covered.
  • Add the cooked dhal and the ground paste,cook it till the raw smell goes off.
  • In a small pan heat the remaining oil do the tempering and add it,mix it well.
  • Kootu is ready.
  • Serve it with white rice and pappad.


  • This kootu can be made with toor dhal also,but tastes good with the moong dhal.
  • Peel the harder part of the skin in the ridge gourd,I keep it with the soft skin.
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Fantastic kootu, its been a while i prepared kootu with ridge gourd, antha bowl'la appadiye yeduthukalama?..

Yummy kootu. Lovely clicks.

so falvorful n delicious kootu, looks inviting...lovely clicks Nalini!

looks awesome n delicious....fab clicks..

lovely pictures deliciously done

Super delicious and tasty kootu !

delicious and yummy kootu.. I generally make the thuvaiyal with ridge goourd... kootu looks so flavorful and delicious.. Very comforting too...
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healthy and delcious vegetable....

Very healthy kootu for rice...

Lovely pictures...don't you use the peel for making chutneys?...kootu looks so delish!

i want some...looks so yummo

I m sure it must have tasted divine, the combo of any pumpkin vegetable is good with lentils.. very healthy combo

supera iruku aks kootu... my favorite... hope intha vaaram elam kootum enoda fav. than irukum...:)

I tried this veggie once and I did not like it. I thought it was bitter like karela which I also dont like - but your kootu looks so inviting

nice clicks, i make ridge gourd only in a certain way upto now..but need to expand the horizons and start making newer ways of doing it

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