Friday, Friday, Fridayyyyyyyy.
The day where we are all trying to slow down while also keeping up with our ambitions, dreams and responsibilities and just trying to get our lives together and be happy. Weekends happen to be slow and lazy for every one, but today it wasn’t for me. Normally I don’t cook for blog on Fridays, instead I focus myself in cooking for family which they love and adore to eat. Inline with that routine I got added up with a blog food plus blog video today which doubled up my stay in kitchen. And right now I am posting an incredible rice side dish ridge gourd kootu in this virtual space of mine which is my passion and kind of self appointed job.
A super delicious rice side dish can easily clear off a plateful of rice in minutes. So, like every mom, I do this trick of making a real, veggie treat with spice level being mild and normal for kids that surely have second and third servings . This pretty good looking ridge gourd kootu, where green veggie cubes are popping out is deliciously delicious and can keep your meal cravings high during dinner.
Kootu is obviously no new word to you right?? Because I already have this damn good snake gourd kootu in the blog and you apparently might have cooked it as well. I know. I know You and me are twins when it comes to food. Ridge gourd, a vegetable being so very tender gets cooked in no time. As you saute the cubes they ooze out water and become soft and light, hence it’s one of cooking friendly veggie that I love to deal with.
Ridge gourd kootu has both lentils and coconut puree (where coconut is minced with cumin and green chillies). Intentionally I kept the spice level low and used only two green chillies and you can adjust them as you prefer. The cooked lentils and flavorful coconut puree get nicely blend with veggie cubes and become a companion with steamed rice.