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May 15, 2018

Ridge Gourd Kootu Recipe - Peerkangai Poricha Kuzhambu Recipe

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Ridge gourd kootu recipe

Peerakangai kootu / Peerkangai poricha kuzhambu/ Beerakaya kootu (In Telugu) / Ridge gourd kootu (in English) is an easy, one pot side dish for rice. This ridge gourd kootu goes well with vatha kuzhambu and Kara kuzhambu rice. But we love to eat this poricha kootu by mixing with plain rice adding ghee. So I make this kootu slightly thin in consistency. Usually we make peerkangai kuzhambu and ridge gourd skin chutney / thogayal for rice. But when I was asking my MIL to teach some new recipes using ridge gourd, she suggested this easy poricha kulambu recipe that can be prepared directly using a pressure cooker. Friends, do try this easy peerkangai poricha kuzhambu for a change. You will love it for sure. I have used moong dal / Paasi paruppu in this kootu. You can also use Chana dal/ Kadalai paruppu just like hotel style kootu recipes. It tastes good for vatha kuzhambu and Kara kuzhambu. If you like, you can have it with chapathi too. Lets see how to make this easy peerkangai kootu in pressure cooker with step by step pictures.

Check out Andhra style Ridge gourd dal, Ridge gourd Kuzhambu , Turai Ki Sabji  for Chapathi.

Peerkangai kootu recipe

Peerkangai Kootu Recipe / Ridge Gourd Poricha Kootu

Peerkangai Kootu Recipe / Ridge Gourd Poricha Kootu

Peerkangai Kootu Recipe / Ridge Gourd Poricha Kootu using a pressure cooker - Side dish for Vatha kuzhambu and Kara Kuzhambu.

Cuisine: Tamil nadu
Category: Kootu Recipes
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


1 cup = 250ml
  • Ridge gourd / Peerkangai - 1 no
  • Moong dal Or Chana dal - 1.5 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Sambar powder - 1 tsp
  • Ripe tomato – 1 no ( finely chopped )
  • Salt & water - as needed
To Grind
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Rice flour - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Water - To grind
To Temper
  • Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds -1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Big onion - 1 no ( finely chopped)
  • Curry leaves - Few


  1. Wash and peel the skin of ridge gourd. Slice it.
  2. In a pressure cooker, temper and saute onion, tomato.
  3. Add chopped ridge gourd, moong dal, sambar powder, turmeric powder and salt.
  4. Grind coconut+rice flour+cumin seeds to smooth paste. Add to ridge gourd.
  5. Pressure cook in low flame for one whistle. Serve with rice or as side dish for vatha kuzhambu and kara kuzhambu.


  • Wash and peel the skin of ridge gourd using a peeler. Chop into thick round shaped slices. Set aside. If you are using chana dal instead of moong dal, soak it in enough water for 30 minutes before cooking. No need to soak for moong dal.

  • In a pressure cooker base, heat coconut oil. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds and curry leaves. Saute onion till transparent. Add tomato and saute till mushy.
    ridge gourd kootu
  • Add the chopped ridge gourd and saute for a minute. Add moong dal , salt, turmeric powder and sambar powder. Saute quickly and add 1 cup of water. Let it boil in low flame.

  • In the mean time, grind coconut + rice flour to a smooth paste. Add the coconut paste to the boiling kootu in pressure cooker. Close the cooker and pressure cook in very low flame for one whistle.
    ridge gourd kootu
  • Open the cooker after steam is released. Mix well and check the consistency of kootu. If its too thick, add little water and mix well. If its too thin, boil for some time till thick. Serve with rice. ridge gourd kootu
  • Enjoy !


  • For variations, you can use red chilli powder + dhania powder 1 tsp each instead of sambar powder.
  • You can make the same kootu using snake gourd, bottle gourd.
Try this easy, yummy peerkangai kootu for rice and enjoy !
I enjoyed it by mixing this kootu with plain rice and ghee. In the plate, you can find cabbage curry, goosberry thogayal and microwave roasted papad. 
Ridge gourd poricha kootu

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