I have heard about sorakkai but haven't tried even once. Its the first time am trying a recipe with sorakkai and it comes out great! I loved it and its my entry for "Vegetable of the Week - Bottle Gourd" hosted by "Creative Pooja".
Sorakkai – 1
Onion – 1 (finely chopped)
Tomato – 1 (finely chopped)
Green Chillies – 2 (finely chopped)
Coriander Powder – 2 tbsp
Red Chilly Powder – ½ tbsp
Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp
Coconut Paste – 1 tbsp
Garlic – 6 pods (finely chopped)
Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
Broken Black Gram – 1 tsp
Curry Leaves – few
Salt – to taste
Wash the bottle gourd and peel off the skin and cut it vertically. Remove all the seeds from the ridge gourd. Cut it into small cubes.
Heat oil in a pressure cooker and saute it with mustard seeds, broken black gram and curry leaves. Add onion, tomatoes, green chillies and Garlic pods to it and stir fry until the tomatoes are mashed well. Add coriander powder, chilly powder and turmeric powder and fry it until the raw smell leaves off. Add vegetable to it and toss it well and add enough water and salt and close the lid of the cooker and pressure cook it for 2 whistles or until the bottle gourd is cooked well.
Open the lid after the pressure is released and add the coconut paste to it and let it cook until the water in the dish is completely evaporated and the gravy thickens well.
Side Dish : Sambar Rice and Curd Rice.