Snake Gourd Kootu

Simple, easy & delicious

Snake Gourd might appear a bit daunting. I have seen a lot of people in the market just walk by it without buying. As if it were an alien vegetable. But cooking snake gourd is quite easy and it cooks fast. It has to be peeled and cut into pieces before cooking.

The best part about this recipe is that both the main ingredients take little time to cook. Red Lentils don’t have to be pressure cooked or soaked in water for long hours. They just need to be washed before being cooked in a pan. All the ingredients in this recipe have to be put in the pan and kept on medium heat. There is no need of doing anything else other that giving it a few stirs in between. Both the main ingredients have distinct tastes when cooked on their own. Now together in this Kootu they taste amazing. Red Lentils can be substituted with other lentils and ingredients such as garlic & fresh coconut can be included. The alternate ingredients are mentioned below the recipe. Check it out.

Snake Gourd Kootu Recipe


  • Snake gourd Pieces: 1 cup
  • Red Lentils / Masoor Dal: 1/4 cup
  • Green Chili: 2 (slit)
  • Turmeric Powder: 1/4 tsp
  • Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds: 1/2 tsp
  • Curry Leaves: 4-6
  • Oil: 2 tbsp
  • Salt
  • Water

Here we go…

  • Wash the dal & soak it in water
  • Heat the oil in a pan
  • Once the oil is hot add the mustard seeds & let it crackle
  • Lower the heat and add the cumin seeds
  • Now add the snake gourd pieces and give it a nice toss
  • Add the turmeric powder, green chilies & the curry leaves
  • Drain the excess water from the red dal and add the dal to the veg. Mix well
  • Add half a cup of water and salt to taste. Give it a stir
  • Place a lid on the pan and let the kootu cook on medium heat
  • It would take about 10-12 mins to cook. Keep mixing in between
  • Check if both the dal & snake gourd are cooked well. Turn off the heat
  • Done !!!

Additional Ingredients

  • Chopped onion (one onion for this recipe) can be added with some garlic (2 pods crushed or chopped) or the onion & ginger-garlic paste (1/4 tsp)
  • Fresh coconut pieces / grated coconut (1 to 2 tbsp) can also be added to the above recipe
  • Red Lentil/ Masoor dal can be replaced with Split Green Gram/Moong Dal or with Split Bengal Gram/Chana Dal (soaked in warm water for 30 mins)

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