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Peerkangai Kootu - Ridge gourd Kootu

Ridge gourd Kootu
Ridge gourd is rich in beta carotene, dietary fibre, vitamin C, zinc, ribloflavin, iron and magnesium. This vegetable is called Beerakaya in telugu and Peerkangai in tamil. Ridgegourd Kootu is prepared by cooking Ridge gourd and moong dal together. It can also be cooked with toor dal and channa dal. I usually prefer moong dal for last minute cooking, as it doesn't need to be soaked. This Kootu is served as a side dish to Rice. Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing South Indian Peerkangai Kootu.

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins 
Ready In: 30 mins
Yields : 3 Servings
Ridge gourd Kootu

Ridge gourd chopped
1/3 Cup
Moong  dal 
1/4 Cup
2 tbsp
1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp
Curry leaves
channa dal
1/2 tsp
Urad dal
1/2 tsp
Asafoetida Powder
Shredded coconut
2 tbsp
Onions chopped
1/4 cup
Tomato chopped
1/4 Cup
Turmeric  Powder
1/4 tsp
Coriander Powder
1/2 tsp
Chilli Powder
1 tsp
Coriander leaves
1 stalk

Peerkangai Kootu

  • Wash and cook moong dhal by adding 1/2 Cup water. Pressure cook for 3-4 whistles. If you need dhal water for rasam, then add more water. Once dhal is cooked, drain the extra water for rasam.
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  •  Wash and peel the outer skin of Ridge gourd. Don't have to scrap the whole green skin. Cut into small cubes.
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  • Heat Oil in a pan. Add mustard, cumin seeds, curry leaves, channa dal ,Urad dal and asafoetida powder.When channa dal turns golden colour, add onions. Fry till onions turn translucent.
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  • Add ridge gourd pieces and fry it for 2 mins.
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  • Add tomato followed by coconut and fry till tomatoes turn mushy.Add Cooked dal, salt, turmeric powder, coriander powder and chilli powder. Add 1.5 cups of water . Mix well and close it with lid. 
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  • Allow the kootu to boil and thicken, check whether ridge gourd is cooked.  Lastly garnish with coriander leaves.
Peerkangai Kootu

Adjust chilly powder to your taste.
Moong dal can be replaced with Chana dal or toor dal
Beerakaya Kootu / Ridge gourd Kootu / Peerkangai Kootu / Moong dal Kootu


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