July 23, 2010

Beerakaya Kootu ~ Ridge Gourd Lentil Stew

Beerakaya Kootu (Telugu) ~ Peerkangai Kootu (Tamil) ~ Heerekai Kootu (Kannada)

Ingredients :

Chopped Ridge Gourd : 3 cups
Yellow Lentil or Chana Dal : 1 cup
Grated Fresh Coconut : 1/2 to 1 cup
Tomato : 1
Onion : 1 big sized
Green Chillies : 1 or 2
Red Chillies : 1 or 2
Mustard Seeds : 1 tsp
Cumin seeds : 1/2 tsp
Black Pepper Powder : 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder : 1/4 tsp
Red Chilli Powder : 1/2 tsp
Oil : 2 tsp
A Pinch of Hing
Salt to taste

Method :

Wash, peel and cut the ridge gourd into medium size pieces and set aside. Wash the yellow lentil with plenty of water. Put the chopped ridge gourd, yellow lentil, chopped onion, chopped tomato, turmeric, chopped green chillies and two cups of water in a pressure cooker. Cook till 3 whistles. Switch off the flame and wait until the pressure go off. Remove the dal mixture from the cooker. Add the salt and red chilli powder to it. Let it cook for 2 minutes. Now add the grated coconut and pepper powder and cook for another two minutes. Remove from the flame and keep aside. Heat oil in a vessel for seasoning and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and let them splutter. When they start to splutter add the red chillies, hing and curry leaves. Fry for another few seconds and pour over the cooked lentil mixture. Mix well and serve hot with roti or steamed rice and dollop of ghee.


  1. I like this kind of kootu. This one looks delicious.

  2. Nice stew! Love it! It's scrumptious and tempting!

  3. hey chandana ,birakaya chanaga pappu kura chala bagundi,nana amma chesedhi ...thanks for sharing dear

  4. I have never tried this before. This is too much. I will soon try it. Ur curry is making me drool.. yumm.

  5. It looks so flavorful and delicious.

  6. i make it dry..this one is a good variation :)

  7. kootu chala bagundhi,chala simple n sweet ga undhi

  8. Oh my!!! redchillis, green chillis and pepper...that seems so spiced. But I am such a fan of ridgegourd that the dish is captivating.

  9. ridge gourd is my fav veg looks super delicious

  10. Kootu is lovely. I love any kinda kootu. my mouth is watering.

  11. Woww droolworthy kootu, makes me hungry..

  12. that sounds like such a comfort food, love it.. first time here.. you have a wonderful blog with a nice collection.. glad 2 find you.. :-)
    do drop in at my space sometime..

  13. I have not tried kootu with the veg so far,looks and sounds good chandna...

  14. That would be a great combo with hot steamed rice and pappad

  15. I love beerakaaya in dals..this osunds yummy too

  16. Looks delicious,my mom made this today

  17. never tried.. this kootu bf4.
    Nice click..
    wot happened to the photography contest?

  18. Yummy and lovely kootu, looks delicious.


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