Pudalangai Kootu Recipe | South Indian Snake Gourd Kootu Recipe

Kootu, I always love this comforting combination of lentil and vegetable. The warm aromatic flavour of coconut, cumin and chilli paste while cooking with the recipe, pudalangai kootu makes me crave to relish immediately with rice, smeared with some ghee. I am sure many of you would try this kootu, that even goes well with roti.

Preparation & Cooking Time : 30 minutes

Yield : 4 servings


Snake Gourd - 1 large or 2 medium size
Tomato - 1 medium, chopped
Coconut - 1/4 cup, grated
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp(optional)
Green Chillies-  3no.
Channa Daal -  4tbsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 1tbsp
Salt To Taste

For Seasoning:
Oil- 1tbsp
Mustard Seeds - 1tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Broken Red Chilli - 2-3
Curry leaves - 5


  1. Soak the channa daal in warm water for 10-15 minutes. Pressure cook for a sound. It should be soft but not mushy. Donot overcook.
  2. Grind the grated coconut with green chilli and cumin seeds to smooth paste. Use water if needed to grind.
  3. Chop the snack gourd half way to thin roundals and and keep aside.
  4. Heat oil in a kadai. Once turns hot add the vegetable, sprinkle some salt and cover with lid. Let it cook until becomes soft and able to break when poked with spatula. Snake gourd will ooz out water because of salt that is sufficient for it to cook.
  5. Now stir in the chopped tomatoes. It will soon turn soft.
  6. Add the cooked daal and ground coconut paste. Add about 1/2 - 1 cup of water as required for the consistency. Now add the remaining salt that is needed for kootu. You can even use the daal cooked water. Let the kootu cooks for few minutes until thicken .
  7. Now in a seasoning pan, add 2-3 tsp of oil, throw in the mustard, cumin, broken chilli, crushed garlic, asafoetida and curry leaves.


  • Tomatoes will give slight tangy touch to the kootu, its optional.
  • Snake gourd may cook faster and since its a watery vegetable no need to add water while cooking. 
  • For variation you can substitute with bottle gourd, cabbage and cucumber.
  • Best to serve with rice and spicy curry or varuval.

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