Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sorekai Kootu (Doodi or Lauki or Bottle gourd)

Bottle Gourd or Sorekai or Lauki  Kootu is a curry and You can have this curry with Rice, Chapati or Pooris and dosa or Idlis also.

Things Needed:
Sorekai : 2 cups.( cut in to small pieces)>
Coconut: 1/2 cup
Channa Daal : 1 Table spoon.
Urd Daal: 1 Table spoon.
Pepper Seeds : 6 to 8 seeds.
Red Chilly : 2 to 3
Oil: 1 Table spoon
Salt: To taste.
Curry Leaves: 8  to 10 leaves
Water : 1 to 2 cups.
Mustard seeds: 1 Tea spoon.
Urd Daal : 1 Tea spoon.
Ingh : a pinch.
Turmeric powder: one pinch.

Wash and cut   Sorekai in to small pieces.Remove the middle part if it had formed seeds. Roast channa daal , Urd daal till brown. Add  pepper seeds, and red chillies one by one to the roasted daals and mix well. Add a tea spoon of oil and pinch of Ingh to the mixture. Leave it for cooling. Grind coconut and the roasted mixture adding little water. Grind nicely till paste consistency.   Keep the ground mixture aside.
Keep a big pan on the fire and put one cup of water to it and boil the water.  Add cut Sorekai pieces and turmeric powder.  Cook for 5 minutes. ( till soft).  Add ground mixture and salt.  Boil for 2 to 3 minutes.
Now keep a small pan on the fire. Put remaining oil . Heat for 10 seconds and add mustard seeds, urd daal. Let the mustard seeds spurt. Add curry leaves and ingh to this mixture and pour it to the Sorekai mixture and mix well.   Serve Hot Sorekai Kootu with  Hot rice or  Chapatis or  Pooris.  Adding  a spoon full of ghee will give nice Aroma and it increases the taste.
Note :  Boil the vegetable till soft.  Can add carrots or beans along with Sorekai.  Can add 1/2 tea spoon of  rice with coconut while grinding. It helps the curry to mix well. ( soak rice for 10 minutes before using).
Serves: 2
Tip :  Having Bottle Gourd  Juice, in the empty stomach helps to reduce the acidity and toxin in the body. ( Wash and cut Bottle gourd  and put it in the liquidizer with one glass of water and grind it well. No need to add salt.  Can add 1/2 spoon of honey if you wish or you can have this juice as it is. No need to filter it.     

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