Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Suraikkai Koottu - Bottle Gourd Coconut Gravy

#SuraikkaiKoottu  [ #BottleGourdLentil ] : #Suraikkai is called #BottleGourd in English. Suraikkai is suitable for making koottu, sambar, more kuzhambu, adai, etc.,....  Koottu prepared with suraikkai is very tasty compared to all other preparations.
Let me present here the way to prepare Suraikkai Koottu.

Suraikkai Koottu [ Bottle gourd lentil ]

Ingredients :


150 grams                               : Bottle Gourd ( suraikkai )
1 small size                              : Big Onion
3/4 Tsp                                   : Salt ( adjust )
3/4 Tsp                                   : Sambar Powder
1 pinch                                    : Turmeric Powder
2 Tbsp                                     : Green Gram Dhal cooked

To grind :
2 Tbsp                                     : Coconut Scrap
1/4 Tsp                                    : Rice flour
1/4 Tsp                                    : Cumin
4 to 5                                       : Pepper

To Temper :
1/2 Tsp                                    : Mustard Seeds
1 1/2 Tsp                                 : Urad dhal
1/2 Tsp                                    : Oil

To Garnish :
Coriander leaves

Method :
Cut required portion from a whole bottle gourd.


Peel off skin and cut into small pieces of equal size.
Nicely chop onion.


Keep a heavy bottomed vessel or kadai on a stove over medium flame.
Add 1/2 cup of water, sambar powder, turmeric powder and salt.
Now add chopped bottle gourd and onion.
Close with a lid to cook till suraikkai becomes soft.


Meanwhile grind the given ingredients into a very nice paste.
When the suraikkai pieces are cooked, add prepared coconut paste.

Suraikkai Koottu [ Bottle gourd lentil ]

Add cooked dhal and mix well.
Adjust salt and allow to simmer for 5 to 7 minutes.
Then transfer into a serving bowl.
Garnish with coriander leaves.

Keep a kadai with oil and splutter mustard seeds first.
Then roast urad dhal to golden color.
Pour over prepared Suraikkai Koottu.

Suraikkai Koottu [ Bottle gourd lentil ]

This koottu is a very good side dish for sambar rice and rasam rice.