Sunday, April 14, 2013

Lauki ka Dhal / Sorakai Kootu

Lauki (aka) Bottle Gourd (aka) Sorakai helps in weight management. Cooked lauki is a good antidote to urinary disorders. The juice of the fruit is prescribed for stomach acidity, indigestion and ulcer

 I cook Lauki atleast twice a week owing to its beneficial values


  • Lauki / Bottlegourd / Sorakai - 2 long ones
  • Moong dhal - 1/4 cup
  • Turmeric - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Water - To immerse the contents
  • Oil - 2 teaspoons
  • Mustard and jeera seeds - 1/2 teaspoon each
  • Red chillies - 3 (cut opened vertically)
  • Curry leaves - little
  • Onion - 1
  • Tomato - 1
Salt - little more than 1 teaspoon

  • Coriander leaves - little
Step 1
  • Chop Lauki into small cubes
  • Slightly dry roast moong dhal in a pan
  • Take the chopped lauki and moong dhal together in a pressure pan
  • Add turmeric and pour water.Mix well and pressure cook for 3 whistles
Step 2
  • Heat oil in a kadai.Splutter mustard and jeera seeds
  • Add red chillies and curry leaves
  • Fry finely chopped onions with little salt till it becomes golden brown
  • Saute diced tomatoes with a pinch of salt
Step 3
  • Pour in the pressure cooked lauki and dhal
  • Add little more water to adjust the consistency
  • Put salt and mix well.Cook it for 2 minutes to blend the contents
  • Switch off the stove and garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves
This subji / Kootu can be mixed with plain rice, jeera rice or as a side dish for phulkas