Kumbalanga Kadala Paruppu Kootu Curry
This kootu is a combination of kadala parippu/split chickpeas/chana dal and ash gourd.In certain regions of Kerala this curry is part of Onam sadhya. You can also try other veggies like chayote sqash or snake gourd to make this kootu.Kadala paruppu adds a real texture to this dish.
Kumbalanga/Ash gourd- 2 cups (cubed)
Chana dal- 1 cup ( cooked)
Grated coconut- 1/2 cup
Coconut sliced- 1/3 cup
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Green chilly -3
Jeera/cumin- 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Dry red chilly- 2
Curry leaves- a few
Soak Parippu/chana dal for four hours and cook it the dal till it is soft but do not mash it.
Cook ash gourd with turmeric, green chilly and salt. Sprinkle a little water cover and cook. When it is soft and cooked add the kadala parippu/chana dal and mix well.
Make a paste of grated coconut, chilly powder and jeera. Add this into the kootu and allow to simmer for two minutes in low flame.
Heat oil/ghee in a pan and add mustard seeds. When it splutters add coconut slices, curry leaves and dry red chilly. Fry this for about one minute in medium flame and add to the curry. Serve with rice.
Hope you will all enjoy..