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Masoor Dal Kootu | Yellow Pumpkin Dal recipe | Poosnikai Kootu

Kootu is my favorite side, I love to have it all 7 days in a week. This simple kootu is so flavorful, authentically made thick and served as a side for rice and any tangy spicy curry like Pavakkai Puli Kuzhambhu. Masoor Dal is similar to moong dal but varies in its taste, does not require soaking and can be cooked in a flash. Hope your friday is good, mine went busy... Happy Weekend All!!!



Yellow Pumpkin - 1 cup chopped into squares
Mysore/ Masoor Dal - 1 cup, pressure cooked
Shallots - 5 sliced thinly
Tomato -  1 chopped
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

For Seasoning

Coconut Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 spring
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Dry red chili - 1 

To Grind

Shallots - 5
Shredded coconut - 3 tbsp
Green chili - 3
Red chili - 3 (adjust as per spice tolerance)
Jeera -1/2 tsp
Garlic - 3 pods
Curry leaf - few


Pressure cook the dal with turmeric powder in 1 cup of water for 3 whistles. Add the pumpkin, shallots and tomato and cook till the pumpkin is cooked 
well. Add the ground paste and mix well, now add salt and cook till the raw smell goes. Check for salt and spice. Do the seasoning in a small
pan and add to the kootu and stir well. Remove from fire. This kootu must be thick.

Cooks Wisdom

- Adding ghee will enhance flavor but its totally optional, the coconut oil in the recipe gives great flavor
- I love to have this dal thick, this kootu is more of a side dish for rice and any tangy curry


  1. i just love kootu so much...this is so perfect for me with some chicken curry

  2. We have oceanlength here also sis, i can have kootu for all the 7days, beautiful captures and that yellow pumpkin dal makes me drool here.

  3. perfect for any pulikulambu,looks delish.

  4. Love the way masoor dal and pumpkin are blended..

  5. Sooper comforting food deee:) nice stylish clicks am jealous of u now u r having all good props;)

  6. haven't tried kootu with masoor dal, looks healthy and delicious :)

  7. Priya, this look so delicious.

  8. have never tried a recipe with masoor dal. will surely try this.

  9. I too make this kootu,sure the taste must be excellent...

  10. healthy kootu, tastes great with rice n ghee :-)


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