Bottle gourd is known as sorakaaya in telugu, lauki in hindi and sorakkai in tamil. Bottle gourd has many health benefits and curative properties.The juice of bottle gourd is used as a remedy for many ailments.This vegetable contains 96 % water, is low in calories, high in fiber and therefore aids in weight loss.The high fiber content also helps to prevent constipation. Bottle gourd is one of our family's favorite vegetable. I prepare a variety of dishes with bottle gourd which includes different types of sabjis, kheer, halwa, raita etc and this is just one of them. Today we will learn how to prepare Bottle gourd/sorakkai curry/poriyal following this easy recipe.
|Wow!! Lauki sabzi looks delicious|
Prep time - under 10 mins
Cook time - under 20 mins
Serves - 2
Bottle gourd (chopped) - 2 cups
Onion - 3/4 cup thinly sliced
Green chillies -3-4 slit
Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
Chilli powder or sambar powder -1 tsp
Coriander powder -2 tsp
Coconut grated - 1/4 cup
Roasted sesame seeds - 1 tbsp
For the seasoning
Oil - 1 tbsp
Jeera/cumin seeds -3/4 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Peel the skin, discard the seeds and then chop the bottle gourd into cubes.
Thinly slice onions lengthwise and slit green chillies.
Pound grated coconut and sesame seeds using mortar or just grind for a second in a blender.
Heat oil, add jeera seeds, when it splutters, add onions, green chillies and curry leaves.
Saute until onions turn transparent. Then add chopped bottle gourd, turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, salt needed and saute for about 2-3 minutes.
Now add around 1/4 cup of water, close the lid and let it cook in medium flame. Do not forget to stir in between to ensure even cooking.( if needed you can sprinkle more water)
See picture below - the bottle gourd is cooked and all the water has evaporated.
At this stage, add grated coconut + sesame seeds mix and saute for 2-3 minutes. Switch off the flame.
Variations - Instead of sesame seeds, you can use coarsely ground roasted peanuts also. It gives a different flavor to the curry.
You can use white or black sesame seeds. (I have used white)
More Bottle Gourd Recipes
Bottle gourd Dal
Sorakkai Kootu (South Indian style)
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