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Jun 25, 2010

Sorakkai thogayal / Bottle gourd chutney

The recipe for bottle gourd or dudhi/dhoodhi chutney is more or less the same as the chow chow chutney that I posted a few days ago.  As for the bottle gourd, the cooked vegetable is cooling, diuretic, sedative and anti bilious. Here is the recipe.


Bottle gourd - 1 large
(The different names for bottle gourd are  sorekayi, Sorakkai, Dudhi, Dhoodhi, opo)

Water - half cup

Asafoetida powder - a pinch

Tamarind - a pinch (if using concentrate, take a drop or two)

Salt as required

green chillis - 2 to 3 (adjust the number as per your taste)

Turmeric powder - a pinch

Urud dal - 2 tables spoons

Curry leaves - handful


Peel the bottle gourd skin and chop the vegetable into chunks. Discard big seeds.

alternatively, use the grater disc in the food processor.

In a saucepan, allow the grated vegetable to boil in half cup or three fourths cup water.

Add salt as it boils. Allow it to cook and turn off when the vegetable is cooked and all the water disappears.

Allow it to cool down.

Meanwhile, roast the urud dal with curry leaves in low heat using very little oil until the urud dal is golden color.

When the roasted dal cools down, reserve a few roasted dal and a couple of roasted curry leaves for garnish and grind the following using a mixer. Cooked vegetable, red chillis, turmeric powder, asafoetida powder, tamarind and the remaining roasted dal and curry leaves. Seasoning with mustard seeds is optional.

The thogayal/chutney is ready. Garnish with urud dal and curry leaves. Serve it with rice or dosa. You can also grind a bunch of coriander leaves if you are using this chutney for dosa. Also, adding a spoon of sugar while grinding enhances the taste. A mustard seeds seasoning can be done after it is ground.



divya said...

delicious yummy and tempting and healthy chutney..

Sanjeeta kk said...

Very innovative use of Bottle gourd. Must try.