Saturday, December 11, 2010

Kashnam Molagootal (Mixed Vegetables in Coconut based Gravy)

Molagootal is to Palaghat Iyers what Kootu is to Tamilians. This is a mix of vegetables or spinach along with lentils and fresh coconut. The combination of Vegetables can be cabbage ,carrot  n peas or White n Yellow Pumpkin or Yam n Koorkai (Chinese potato ) --- the list can be endless. It's a very healthy with a delicious blend of flavours and is had with hot steaming rice. The typical accompaniments to a meal of this curry and rice is Mangai Chammandi (Raw Mango Chutney), Puli inji (Tamarind-Ginger concoction) or any pickle.

It's the perfect comfort food and a very simple recipe.

This time I made a mologootal of White and Yellow Pumkin---

What goes:-
  • White and Yellow Pumkin - 1 big cup (peeled n cubed)
  • Grated Coconut - 1/2 cup
  • Moong Dal - 1/2 cup
  • Red Chillis - 1 or 2
  • Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
  • Mustard Seeds, Urad Dal - 1/2 tsp (for seasoning)
  • Curry Leaves - a few
  • Turmeric Powder - a pinch or more
  • Salt - to taste
  • Coconut Oil - 2 tbsp

Pressure cook the chopped vegetables along with the Moong Dal (lentil) and turmeric powder.

Grind the coconuts, cumin seeds and red chillis to a fine paste.

In a kadai add the cooked vegetable-lentil and the coconut paste and let them simmer for a while.

In the meanwhile prepare the seasoning in a separate pan. Add a little oil and as it becomes hot, add mustard seeds. Wait for it splutter and then add urad dal  and curry leaves. Let it sizzle till it becomes golden brown .

 Blend this with the simmering vegetable mix and take off flame.

Linking this to Sujana's Celebrating Regional Cuisine


  1. This looks like a lovely dish!

  2. Hey,

    Looks yummy and inviting..:)


  3. Yummy recipe dear..thanks for sharing.

  4. Great recipe! It looks delicious!

  5. Looks delicious. I make molagootal more often.

  6. Molagootal looks sooo tempting and yummy..

  7. priya this is our family fave! I can literally drink the puliinji especially with curd rice!

  8. Gravy is looking great priya...

  9. we make pumpkin similar with coconut delicious

  10. Everyday u r coming up with some new recipes priya....Kudos to all ur effort :)

  11. Very nice and healthy dish. Looks delicious and tempting.

  12. that sounds like such a comfort food, love it.

    US Masala

  13. This looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Hi Priya, I have passed an award on to you. You will find it on the award page. Just wanted to let you know that your blog is wonderful and you are sincerely appreciated.

  15. Delicious molagootal! T
    Thanks for letting me know molagootal=kootu!:)

  16. @ Nancy and Vijay - hey thanks a ton for passing the award--- truly means a lot to me ! You are really sweet !!