Molagootal is a typical Palakkad iyer recipe. Molagootal is a lentil, coconut gravy based cooked with different vegetables.Molagootal can be cooked with different vegetables and combination of few vegetables, every combination of Molagootal tastes, looks and smells different. Generally Molagootal is made with these vegetables or a combination of these- Yelevan(White Gourd/pumpkin), Matthan (Yellow Gourd/pumpkin), Vazhakkai (Raw Banana), chenai (Yam), cabbage, and Keerai (Amarath or Spinach). This is very easy to make and healthy too.
Yelavan (while pumpkin) - 2 cups, peel the skin andcut into small cubes.
Tuvar dal (red gram dal ) - 3/4 cup
Turmeric powder - ½ tsp
Salt - totaste
FOR WET GRINDING
Grated coconut - ½ cup
Jeerakam (cumin seeds) - ½ tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Red chillies - 2 nos
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Pressure cook tuvar dal adding a pinch of turmeric powder.
Cook pumpkin in a pan adding enough water and turmeric powder. Cook till the pumpkin is just tender and add the cooked tuvar dal .
Grind grated coconut with red chillies and cumin seeds(jeeragam) to a fine paste.
Add the ground paste to the cooked tuvar dal and cooked pumpkin with required salt.
Add enough water to the above mixture till you get desire consisitency.Cook for few minutes in a medium flame.
Season with mustard seeds, urad dal,red chillies and curry leaves.
Yummy eleven / white pumpkin molagootal is ready to serve.
Serve hot with white rice and other accompaniments like puli milagai, pachadi, raw mango chutney etc.
Paasi paruppu / green gram dal can also be used instead of tuvar dal.