Ash Gourd, Kootu

Pooshinikkai Mor Kootu

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Ingredients:
Ash Gourd – 1/2 kg
Yogurt – 2 cups, beaten in 1/2 cup water
Asafoetida – 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves – 8
Salt – 1/2 tsp

For seasoning:
Mustard Seeds – 1/4 tsp
Oil – 1 tsp

For the paste:
Rice Powder – 2 tblsp
Coconut – 1/2 cup, grated
Green Chillies – 2

Method:
1. Slice the heavy skin of the vegetable with a knife, discard and cut the pulp into medium cubes.
2. Blend rice powder with coconut and green chillies into a fine paste.
3. Heat 1/2 cup of water with salt and cook the vegetable for 5 to 6 minutes until soft and done.
4. Heat oil in a non-stick pan and pop the mustard seeds.
5. Remove from flame, wet crush and stir in the curry leaves.
6. Add popped mustard, cooked vegetable and the paste to the yogurt and cook over a low flame for 2 minutes until it comes to boil.
7. Serve hot.

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