Friday, May 5, 2017

Sorakkai Kootu | Tamil Nadu Style Bottle gourd Kootu | Gluten Free and Vegan Recipe

Sorakkai Kootu

Hi Supermoms,

'Kootu' in Tamil means a mish mash of vegetables and lentils . Kootu is an everyday dish in many Tamil homes. I have earlier shared Poricha Kootu recipe and Cabbage Milagootal recipe. Today, I am sharing a simple Sorakkai Kootu recipe. ' Sorakkai' in Tamil means ' Bottle gourd'. It is tasty and really quick to make too.

Fresh coconut adds extra flavour to the Kootu. 

Now, let's make the kootu.

Sorakkai Kootu

Sorakkai Kootu :

Preparation time : 10 minutes
Cooking time : 20 minutes
Serves :4
1 cup = 250 ml cup
Special Vessel : Iron Ladle for tempering

Ingredients :

To be boiled:

1 medium size bottle gourd ( peeled and cubed)
1/2 cup moong dal/ husked and split green gram 
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
salt to taste

For the spice paste ( to be ground) :

1/4 cup fresh coconut ( roughly chopped)( add more if you like coconut)
1 teaspoon cumin seeds/jeera
2 red chillies ( adjust according to the variety and heat of chillies that you are using)
1/2 teaspoon peppercorn
1 teaspoon coriander seeds

Chef tip : You can add a teaspoon of roasted gram ( pottukadalai) while grinding the spice paste. This will help to thicken the kootu. 

For tempering :

2 teaspoons coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
pinch of asafoetida powder
1 sprig curry leaves

For garnish :

handful of roughly chopped cilantro/coriander leaves ( optional)

Method :

1. Pressure cook/boil bottle gourd and moong dal together along with salt and turmeric powder.
2. In the jar of a mixer, add all the ingredients given ' for the spice paste'.
3. Add 1/4 cup of water and grind to a smooth paste.
4. Add the spice paste to the cooked bottle gourd and dal mixture .
5. Cook over low flame for 3-4 minutes only and switch off.
6. Heat an iron ladle with coconut oil and temper with mustard seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves and pour it over the kootu. 

Delicious , healthy and home style kootu is ready to be served along with rice or rotis.

Sorakkai Kootu

Happy Cooking !

With love,


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