This is one authentic dish of south India. Sorekayi is bottle gourd and hesaru bele is moong dal in kannada. The two key ingredients of this recipe are bottle gourd and moong dal (I used split green gram dal). Both are highly nutritious. As for the bottle gourd, the cooked vegetable is cooling, diuretic, sedative and antibilious. I found a very interesting article about gourds HERE. Moong dal is rich in protein and next best to soy. A wonderful protein substitute for vegetarians. Since I have egg and soy allergy, moong dal is one nature's gift to me for a good protein substitute. It is very easy to prepare. Goes well with chapathi or rice, or can be relished like a soup. Here is the recipe.
I have used bottle gourd in this recipe. Chayote squash (chow chow) or cabbage can be substituted in the place or bottle gourd. finely chopped carrots and beans can be added to this kootu.
Bottle gourd - 1 medium sized ( it should not taste bitter)
Moong dal / split green or yellow moong dal - half cup
Oil for seasoning - 1 tablespoon
Mustard seeds - half teaspoon
Urud dal - half teaspoon
Dry red chillies - 3 to 4 (green chillies can be substituted)
Turmeric powder - quarter teaspoon
Asafoetida powder - a pinch or two
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Salt as reqired
Grind together the following:
Fresh shredded coconut - 2 tablespoons
Poppy seeds / khus khus - 1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds - 2 teaspoons (optional)
Black whole pepper - half teaspoon (optional)
water - quarter cup
Desiccated coconut can be substituted for fresh coconut. I used two tablespoons of powdered dry desiccated coconut available in the Indian grocery store.
Peel the bottle gourd skin and chop the vegetable into small cubes and add it in water as and when you chop. Otherwise it will turn brown.
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed kadai. Add the mustard seeds, urud dal, curry leaves and red chillis.
When the mustard pops, add the chopped bottle gourd and mung dal.
Add 3 cups of water and allow it to boil.
When it starts bubbling, add the salt, turmeric powder and asafoetida powder.
Keep it partially closed and let the content cook until the dal is mushy and the vegetable is tender. Stir occasionally.
When it is done, add the ground coconut and let it boil for a minute. The kootu is ready. Turn down the heat completely.
Serve with steaming white rice or as a side dish for chapathi.
This is my entry to VOW - bottle gourd hosted by Pooja of My creative ideas. Thank you Pooja for hosting this event.
I am sending this entry to Eat healthy - Protein rich event hosted in Art of Indian cooking. Sangeeth, I have used moong dal which is protein rich. Thank you for hosting this event.