Saturday, April 27, 2013

Milagu (Pepper) Poricha Kootu

This kootu can be made with most vegetables. I only had cucumber that I used and it tasted good.  A dish made with moong dal ( split green gram pulse), that has a nice peppery taste.  This recipe is from Life with Spices.


Cucumber - 1 large - peel, cut in half lengthwise and remove the seeds
Moong dal - 1/2 cup ( pressure cook till soft and mushy - mash well)
Asafoetida (hing) - large pinch
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tsp for seasoning
Curry leaves
Mustard seeds

Roast and grind to a coarse powder:

Black gram dhal ( urad) - 1 tbsp
Pepper seeds, black - 1 tsp
Red chillies - 3 nos ( dry)
Coconut - 2 tbsp

Cut the cucumber into medium sized cubes.
Heat oil.  Add the mustard seeds, once it splutters add the curry leaves.
Then the cucumber, some water and turmeric.  Cook till slightly tender.  Do not overcook
Add the mashed moong dal and salt.
Mix well, and then the ground masala powder.  Simmer till well blended
Add water if required to bring to the right consistency.
Take off fire.  Serve with hot rice.


  1. the gravy looks delicious and healthy

  2. Love this kootu, especially cucumber has a very nice flavor when cooked..

  3. Really dis is New to me n healthy tôo.

  4. Flavourful kootu Radha.. Thanks for sharing :-)

  5. deliciously flavoured looks wonderful

  6. the combo of cucumber and moong both are good in the hot summers here. also healthy as well.

  7. Looks delicious radha. I love porucha kootu a lot and make it often. will try yours.

  8. Excellent and flavourful kootu,love pepper based kootu..

  9. Cool as a cucumber combination!

  10. The recipe looks lovely and awesome. Thanks. Fantastic post. Click Drink Recipes

  11. I have never used cucumber in a dal and your recipe has intrigued me. Thanks for sharing.


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