Poosanikkai Mor Kootu / Ash Gourd Stew with Buttermilk

Poosanikkai Mor Kootu / Ash Gourd Stew with Buttermilk

When it comes to comfort food, my go to recipe is a kootu. I love eating hot kootu with rice and paruppu. I make kootu on lazy days when I am not in a mood to cook anything elaborate. Kootu makes up for a complete meal and is very filling as well. Β The Mor kootu is something similar to aviyal except for I have made it just with possanikkai / ash gourd here. We could use the same recipe to make mor kootu with snake gourd, cabbage or a mixture of vegetables.

If looking for a slightly spicy kootu with poosanikkai check out my this recipe which is kind of a poricha kootu or this Kerala style Poosanikkai kootu. Also check out my complete list of kootu here.

Preparation time – 10 minutes
Cooking time – 30 minutes
difficulty level – easy

Poosanikkai Mor Kootu / Ash Gourd Stew with Buttermilk

Ingredients to make Poosanikkai Mor Kootu – serves 4

  • Poosanikkai / Ash Gourd / White pumpkin – 3 cups (chopped into 1/2 inch pieces)
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Yogurt (preferable a little sour) – 1 cup (whisked with 1/2 cup of water)
  • Salt – to taste
To Grind into paste –
  • Coconut – 1/2 cup
  • Cumin seeds – 1 1/2 tsp
  • Green chilies – 4 to 5
  • Raw rice – 1 tsp
To season –
  • Oil – 2 tsp (preferable coconut oil)
  • Mustard seeds – 1tsp
  • Ullutham paruppu / Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Asafetida – a pinch

Procedure to make Poosanikkai Mor Kootu –

  • Chop the ash gourd / poosanikkai into bite size cubes. Place it in a pan with about 1/2 cup of water and turmeric powder.
  • Let the vegetable cook until they are soft.

Poosanikkai Mor Kootu / Ash Gourd Stew with Buttermilk

  • Meanwhile, grind the coconut, green chilies, cumin seeds and rice into a smooth paste. You could add a little water when grinding.
  • Combine this mixture with the whisked yogurt and keep it ready

Poosanikkai Mor Kootu / Ash Gourd Stew with Buttermilk

  • Once the vegetable is cooked well, drain any excess water. Add salt needed and the coconut mixture and let the kootu simmer for flavors to combine.
  • Heat oil for seasoning and add the seasoning ingredients. Add it to the simmering kootu.
  • Serve hot with rice , paruppu (dal) and ghee!

Poosanikkai Mor Kootu / Ash Gourd Stew with Buttermilk

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12 thoughts on “Poosanikkai Mor Kootu / Ash Gourd Stew with Buttermilk

  1. I know what a kootu is and in fact I have made a similar one for one. Of the BMs. Sadly I still not able to remember the local names., but I have to admit the kootu looks absolutely stunning, excellent clicks.

  2. Such a wonderful meal you got there Sandhya. Lovely clicks too!!

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