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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Surakkai Kootu (Bottle Gourd curry)

500g Surakkai (Bottle Gourd)
1/4 cup Channa Dal
4 tsp Grated Coconut
10 Small Onions
2 Tomatoes
2 tsp Sambar Powder
1-2 tsp Chilly Powder
1-2 tsp oil
1/2 tsp Mustard
1 tsp Urad Dal
Few curry leaves

1. Pressure cook channa dal and keep it aside.
2. Wash and peel the skin from the bottle gourd.
3. Cut them into halves and remove the seeds and chop them.
4. Grind grated coconut, 4 small onions, 1/2 tomato, sambar powder to a fine paste with little water.
5. Cut the remaining onions and tomatoes.
6. Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard and urad dal.
7. Once the mustard starts to splutter, add small onion and curry leaves.
8. Saute till the onion becomes light brown colour.
9. Add chopped tomatoes and chilly powder and saute for a minute.
10. Add chopped bottle gourd, ground paste, salt and saute for 4-5 minutes.
11. Add water, cover and cook it medium flame till it is done.
12. Finally add cooked channa dal and mix well.
13. Cook for 2-3 minutes.

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