Bottle Gourd/Sorekai Kootu is a famous common curry in South India. It is prepared with spices.
Bottle Gourd/Sorekai is very good for health. It is rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, water and salts. It helps fight many small health problems. It reduces inflammation in the liver and kidneys, relieves constipation, along with lime juice helps in treating urinary infections. As it is rich in water content makes digestive system free.
Bottle Gourd/Sorekai juice has many health benefits. It is widely used for weight loss.
Now let us learn how to prepare Bottle Gourd/Sorekai Kootu.
Bottle Gourd 3 cups diced
Moong Dal 3 tbsp (optional)
Urad dal 1 tsp
Grated coconut 3 tbsp
Curry leaves 1-2 strands
Jeera ¼ tsp
Hing One pinch
Red chillies 3-4
Tamarind juice 1 tbsp
Jaggery 1 pea sized
Salt to taste
Oil 1 tsp
Mustard seeds ½ tsp
Red chillies 1-2
Curry leaves 4-5 leaves
Lightly dry roast moong dal.
Pressure cook diced Bottle Gourd/Sorekai and moong dal for 1 whistle. See that it should not be overcooked. You can also cook on medium flame without pressure cooker. Whichever way you feel comfortable.
In a pan dry roast urad dal, pepper, jeera, hing, red chillies, curry leaves.
Grind the roasted items along with grated coconut by adding required water, into smooth paste.
Add the grounded paste into the cooked Bottle Gourd/Sorekai and mix well.
Keep on medium flame and add ½ cup water or as required and cook for 2-3 mins.
Add salt to taste, tamarind juice, jaggery and cook for 2-3 mins.
In a small pan temper oil, mustard seeds, red chillies, curry leaves.
Add the temepered seeds to the cooked mixture.
Bottle Gourd/Sorekai Kootu is ready to serve.
It is consumed with rice, chapathi, dosa, poori etc.,
Water can be added as per requirement to get the kootu consistency. Adding little jaggery gives a special taste. If you do not opt for it, you can avoid. Red chillies is also optional, you can avoid so that your Kootu will be plain and mild. Give a try both the methods and enjoy the different taste. Again Moong dal is also optional, if you so not prefer you can avoid. I have used here.