Sorraikkai kondakadalai kootu


Sorakkai / bottle gourd helps to reduce the inflammations in the liver and kidneys.
Helps in easing the problems related to constipation.
The water and fiber in bottle gourd makes the digestive system free and active.
Bottle gourd helps to treat urinary tract infections.
Also good for weight watchers.

Ingredients

Ingredients                        Measurement
Sorraikkai / Bottle gourd                                                                             1 medium size
Channa / chickpeas                                        1 cup
Moong dal/pasi paruppu                             ½ cup  
Onion1 big
Tomato                    2 medium sized
Garlic                       4 pods
Turmeric powder4
Chili powder                             1 inch
Dry red chili                         ½ cup
Curry leaves                               few
Coriander leaves                                            few
Mustard seeds                         1 tsp
Cumin seeds1 tsp
Salt                                                      to taste
Oil1 tbsp

Preparation:
1. Peel, wash and chop the whole soraikkai into small cubes.
2. Wash and soak the moong dal for half an hour.
3. Wash and soak the channa / chickpeas (can use boiled channa also).
4. Chop the onions and tomatoes finely.

Method:
1. Pressure cook the chopped sorakkai, soaked moong dal, soaked/boiled channa or chickpeas with little salt and turmeric powder.
2. Cook upto 4 to 5 whistles and keep separately.
3. Heat a kadai with 1 tbsp of oil.
4. Season with mustard seeds and cumin seeds, wait until it splutters.
5. Add chopped onion, garlic, curry leaves and dry red chili, then fry for a while.
6. Now add finely chopped tomatoes and hing, cook until tomatoes become mushy.
7. Add in spices – chili powder, turmeric powder and salt.
8. Cook until the raw smell goes off.

9. Pour the pressure cooked sorakkai mixture into the pan.
10. Mix until well combined and pour little water, then let it boil for another 5 mins in low flame and mix well.
11. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
12. Serve this tasty soraikkai kondakadalai kootu with rice or chappathi.

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