Peerkangai/Ridgegourd Kootu with Kaarmani Kaara Kuzhambhu

Starting the 3rd week of blogging marathon with combo dishes as theme.There are so many Indian  dishes served in a combo to balance the taste as well as the nutritive value.

One such classical dish is kootu,a lentil based dish served along with a tamarind based spicy dish,kaara kuzhambhu or puli kuzhambhu along with rice..As the kuzhambhu doesn't have lentils,normally a dish with lentil is paired to balance the nutritive value.In most of the household either kottu or a lentil dip,thogayal is accompanied with the spicy kuzhambhu along with a dash of ghee.

Coming to the recipe,its made in no time as pressure cooker is used for the entire process.Its a perfect dish to make in a hurry.this kootu can be served as such with white rice that case a spicy fry is accompanied.

                                                Peerkangai/Ridgegourd Kootu

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 15minutes
   Serves ~ 3


Ridge gourd /peerkangai
3 cups(chopped)
Channa dhal/kadala paruppu
3 tbs
Moong dhal/paasiparuppu
3 tbs
Green chilly/pachamilagai
2(slit lengthy)
3/4 tsp
2 tsp
Curry leaves/karivepillai few leaves

  To grind to a fine paste

Dried red chilly/varmilagai
2 tbs
Cumin seeds/jeergam
1 tsp

   For the tempering
Mustard seeds/kadugu
1/2 tsp
Urad dhal/uluthamparuppu
1 tsp
a pinch
Dried red chilly/varamilagai

  • Grind the given ingredients to a fine paste and keep it aside.
  • Cook the channa dhal and moong dhal in a pressure cooker for 2 whistles along with 1/2 cup of water.It should not turn mushy but needs to cook until soft.
  • To the cooked dhal add the chopped ridgegourd and green chilly.To this add 1/4 cup of water.Close the the pan with the lid and pressure cook it for a whistle.
  • Once the pressure subsides,remove the lid and add the ground paste. and let it cook for 3 minutes or till the raw smell disappears.
  • Do the tempering in a pan and add it to the kootu and mix it well.Put off the flame.

  • Serve it with white rice and kuzhambu



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    Lovely clicks! Loved your pans Nalini. Since no one in my family likes ridge gourd except me, I don't make it. But your recipe and pics are tempting me to make it

    This is an excellent combination Nalini..I love the sour and mild dishes being paired..good one

    Nalini, your karamani kaara kuzhambu is one of our favorite now and I make it so often. Great recipe with peerkangai to go along with the spicy karakuzhambu.

    My mouth is watering here, both kuzhambu and kootu makes me hungry even after having my dinner. Lovely combo, this is how my grandma makes her dishes with both sour and mild dishes together.

    We do it a little different. Instaed of gring coconut in the paste, we add grated coconut in the end. Your version looks so yum and with that kara kulambu and rice it must be divine..

    I am not a great fan of this gourd , but make for hubby , he loves Koottu but I am yet to try with tamarind . The whole set up is very inviting and I actually don’t mind indulging in such a meal .

    I love ridge gourd in all forms but never ever tried them with dal. This looks like a very comforting meal.

    This sounds like a cool idea, specially with ridge gourd. We so add bottle gourd but never tried ridge gourd. This looks super inviting

    What a delicious way to make ridge gourd. I sometimes make it with moong dal added to it but with Gujarati flavors. This is one recipe I'd love to try.

    Love the ridge gourd and tis kootu sounds very flavorful.

    love the creamy consistency - will have to try this one for sure

    Fantastic click.. love this healthy dish. With rice.

    Kootu is a fantastic dish for all your version. Looks delicious

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