Recipe: Peerkangai Kootu


  • 250 gm ridge gourd, peeled and chopped
  • Salt
  • Turmeric powder
  • ½ cup of grated coconut
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 dried red chillies
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 150 gm moong dal
  • Jeera
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  • A pinch of asafetida
  • A few sprigs of curry leaves
  • 1 tsp urad dal


  • Boil the ridge gourd separately in a small quantity of water with turmeric and salt. Pressure cooks the dal separately.
  • Fry red chillies and urad dal in coconut oil (small quantity) till they turn golden brown.
  • Add the coconut, pepper, jeera and curry leaves and stir fry. Cool it down and grind it to a coarse paste.
  • Bring all the ingredients together and stir fry (add water if required).
  • Temper the mustard, urad dal, asafoetida and curry leaves in coconut oil and add it to the mixture.