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February 16, 2012

Sorakkai Sweet Kootu & Paal Kootu Recipe - Bottle Gourd Recipes

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Sorakkai kootu
I learnt  Sorakkai ( Suraikai in Tamil,Sorakaya in Telugu,Bottle gourd in English,Lauki in Hindi) kootu recipe from my MIL.Whenever i buy bottle gourd,i prepare this kootu. With vathakuzhambu,it tastes divine. We make this kootu in two ways.One version tastes sweet and the other one is a spicy version. But my vote goes to the sweet version HappyLove it a lot.!! Try whichever u like.Lets see how to make Sorakkai kootu for rice..
Bottle gourd kootu

Sorakkai Kootu - 2 versions


Sorakkai Kootu - 2 versions How to make Sorakkai kootu/Bottle gourd kootu recipe
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Side dish
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes
INGREDIENTS
1 cup = 200ml
Sweet Version

  • Bottle gourd – 1 no (small size) or use half if it is big
  • Green chilly – 1 no ( finely chopped)
  • Salt & water – As needed
  • Powdered Jaggery – 1/4 cup (adjust )
To grind
  • Coconut – 1/4 cup
  • Rice flour – 1 tsp
  • Water – as needed
To temper
  • Coconut oil - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilly – 1 no ( no need to pinch,whole chilli)
  • Curry leaves – a few
  • Milk (optional) to add at the end.
Spicy Version
  • Bottle gourd – 1 no (small size) or half if it is big
  • Moong dal - 1 tbsp
  • Sambar powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt & water – As needed
To grind
  • Grated Coconut – 1/4 cup
  • Rice flour – 1 tsp
  • Water – as needed
To temper
  • Coconut oil - 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilly – 1 no ( full , no need to pinch)
  • Curry leaves – a few
MILK –ADD LITTLE AT THE END
METHOD

SWEET KOOTU
  • Wash and peel off the outer skin of bottle gourd . Cut into two halves.Now remove the spongy center portion which has seeds.
  • Finely chop the hard portion and add the salt and water. Pressure cook up to one whistle.Meanwhile , grind the grated coconut,green chillies with rice flour adding little water or milk.
  • Now open the cooker and add the powdered jaggery . Mix well. Let it boil for few minutes.Finally add the ground coconut mixture and allow it to thicken .. Add milk at the end if necessary .Temper all the ingredients given above in the same order. Add to kootu .Mix well and serve with Vathakuzhambu.Enjoy !
SPICY KOOTU
  • Wash and peel off the outer skin of bottle gourd .
  • Cut into two halves.Now remove the center portion which has seeds.
  • Finely chop it and add the sambar powder,moong dal, salt and water.
  • Pressure cook up to one whistle.Meanwhile , grind the grated coconut with rice flour adding little water or milk.
  • Now open the cooker and add the ground coconut mixture and allow it to boil . Add milk at the end if necessary .
  • Temper all the items given above and add to kootu..
Enjoy with rice and papad !
For variations,add 2 green chillies while grinding coconut instead of sambar powder.


Kitchen Clinic
    Bottle gourd
    The bottlegourd belongs to the cucumber family and originated in Africa, and is now available in most parts of the world. Also known as calabash, cucuzza, sorakaya, lauki, doodhi, and ghiya in various languages, this vegetable comes in different  shapes, the most common being the bottle-shaped (hence the name) and round.
    The sizes vary from six inches in length to more than six feet.In the US, bottlegourds are available in farmer's markets, Asian grocery stores, as well as mainstream markets.
    This is a popular vegetable in Indian cooking. When cooked, bottlegourd can be slightly sweet or bland, and lends itself to a variety of dishes.
    Dried bottlegourds are used to make water bottles, bowls, musical instruments, and decorative ornaments.
    HEALTH BENEFITS
    Bottlegourd contains a lot of water - almost 96 percent is water, and as such is light and easy to digest. Bottlegourd is commonly used for treating indigestion, constipation, and diarrhea. Bottle gourd juice with a pinch of salt is also used to treat dehydration caused by diarrhea.
    The water content in bottlegourd along with the high fiber content helps with constipation as well.
    Low in calories (100gms has 12 calories) and low in fat, bottlegourd is a wonderful vegetable to include in any weight-loss diet.
    Regular use of cooked bottlegourd is considered an effective remedy for tuberculosis, and for boosting immunity.
    Bottlegourd juice mixed with sesame oil in a 50:50 ratio and applied over the scalp every night is recommended as a natural remedy for insomnia. Cooked leaves of the bottlegourd plant are also considered to be effective.
    Bottlegourd has a calming influence and is effective in treating hysteria; fresh bottlegourd pulp should be applied on the forehead of the patient.
    Cooking Tips
    • Select small, tender, and firm bottlegourds (light green and fresh-looking); prick the skin, and if it's thin, it's tender. You can use tender bottlegourd with the peel and tender seeds. To use mature bottlegourd, remove the peel and seeds.
    • Taste the bottlegourds before cooking, as they can sometimes be bitter.
    • Wrap in plastic and refrigerate to keep the bottlegourds fresh.
    • Use them for curries, soups, salads, chutneys, jams or desserts. Their neutral taste lends itself to a variety of dishes, both savory and sweet..


26 comments :

  1. healthy kootu!! looks yummy! adding sambar powder sounds new and gives nice flavour!

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  2. looks so delicious..very tempting clicks!!

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  3. Both the kootu's look yumm, but I too wud favor the sweeter version..

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  4. yummy kootu..sorakkai has a delicate taste of its own..sure it tastes great with cooconut:)

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  5. Comfort curries,new to me..looks yum

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  6. Hav e never had the sweet version.. a must try :)

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  7. Totally YUMMY

    Aarthi
    http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

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  8. super kootu..i never had sweet version will try sometime

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  9. yummy ones...
    I never had the sweet version...

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  10. Flavorful kootu, sweet version is new to me and just loved it...

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  11. I love it a lot too, its been ages since i made it!

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  12. I imagine kootu and vatha kuzhambu that would be heaven! Love the paal kootu!

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  13. looks healthy and delicious chithra :)

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  14. Very delicious n yummy yum kootu,lovely!!

    Erivum Puliyum

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  15. This is a new recipe for me. Looks really delicious. Must try!

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  16. so delicious...

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  17. Very nice koottu with surakkai. Love this. The health benefits are amazing dear.

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  18. Chitra, this sounds yummy and just like our Mulagushyam recipes. I bet it would be delicious with curd and pappadums!

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  19. Hi Chitra,
    Nice recipe,me too prepared it same way :-)

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