The bottle gourd (surraikai) never visited my mom’s kitchen. Yes, she never cooked this vegetable and we didn’t get any chance to taste it for so many years.
Coming to US, I noticed many people grabbing this bottle shape gourd in the store. I decided to give a try out the new vegetable and curious to know how it tastes, brought it one day.
The least recipe, I had in mind is to make kootu. Kootu is a traditional Tamilian recipe. Channa dhal or moong dhal combined with any vegetables and seasoned with some spices. The gravy has a thick consistency not like sambar.
There are many ways to make kootu but this poritha kootu is only prepared with one vegetable, no onion nor garlic. Great recipe for any festive time, even for my lazy days. I am sending this recipe for VOW- bottle gourd hosted by Pooja.
Channa Dhal/Bengal gram: 1 cup
Bottle gourd (small size): one - diced
Salt: per your taste
*Roast & grind:
Dry red chilis: 6 num less or more
Cumin: 1 tsp
Urad dhal: 1tsp
Coconut: 1/4 cup (Do not roast)
Oil: 1 tsp
Mustard seeds: 1 tsp
Curry leaves: few leaves
*Method to prepare:
Cook the channa dhal in pressure cooker, leave 4 whistles.
Dry roast all the ingredients except coconut and grind with coconut.
Add the ground paste and bottle gourd to dhal, adjust the salt and leave for an another whistle sound in pressure cooker.
Now, add the seasonning and serve with rice or rotis.
Note: Any vegetable can be used like: cabbage, any gourd type vegetable like ridge gourd, snake gourd,...
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