Pudalangai Paruppu Kootu

  • Soak 1 handful of Chana dhal in enough water for about 2 hours
  • Cook the dhal in microwave for 10 minutes. The dhal should be cooked but not mushy
  • Slit open the Snake gourd (Pudalangai), scoop out and discard the white seedy part
  • Chop the vegetable into thin bite slice pieces
  • Heat oil in a pan and temper it with 1 tsp of mustard seeds, curry leaves, 1 tsp of cumin seeds, pinch of hing
  • Add 1 red onion finely chopped and saute till translucent
  • Add about 3 finely minced garlic pods
  • Add salt per taste and a pinch of Turmeric powder (haldi)
  • Add the vegetables and saute till they are almost done
  • Add 1 tsp of red chilly powder and saute for 5 more minutes
  • Now add the cooked chana dhal
  • Optionally you may add 1/2 cup of water to adjust the consistency
  • Cover and cook for 15 minutes
  • Optional: Sprinkle 1 tbsp of coconut powder and leave for 2 more minutes
  • Serve with Bread or Roti or Rice or as plain side

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