Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sorekai Pappu ( Dall with Sorekai )

Sorekai/Bottle gourd/Doodi is one of the healthiest vegetable and it is loaded with many nutrious minerals and vitamins. Pappu is nothing but the dal cooked with vegetables. Vegetables like bottle gourd, edible leaves, mooli, brinjals, beans and carrots can be added with dals and cooked with some simple spices. Pappu is known name for dal in Telugu Language. (Andra Pradesh in Indian). Pappu goes well with almost all the main dishes and it is one of the healthy, easy and quick dish anyone can prepare.
Lets see the recipe now. I have used Moong dal here. No onion or no garlic is added to this dish.


Toor Daal or Moong Daal : 1/2 cup.
Sorekai/Bottle Gourd    : 2 cups .( Cut according to your wish).
Green chillies : 4 to 6
Corianer Leaves : 3 to 4 sticks.
Curry leaves : 6 to 8 leaves.
Oil or Ghee : 1 Table spoon .
Mustard Seeds : 1/2 Tea spoon.
Urd Daal : 1/4 Tea spoon.
Jeera : 1/4 Tea spoon.
Ingh ( Asafatodia ) : a pinch .
Ginger : small piece
Salt : To taste .
Water : According to the requirement.
Turmeric : a pinch
Lemon Extract : 1 Teaspoon (1/2 Lemon)

Method :

1. Wash Moong dal and add a cup of water. Pressure cook for 6 to 8 minutes. Let it cool.
2. Wash bottle gourd, remove the outer layer and cut it into small pieces.
3. Wash green chilly, ginger and coriander leaves.
4. Remove the outer layer of ginger and wash again. Grate it. Cut coriander leaves.
5. Cook cut bottle gourd pieces with little water till they turn soft.
6. Now keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add mustard seeds, urid dal. Let mustard splutter. Add jeera.
7. Add ingh and curry leaves. Add cut green chilly and fry for a while.
8. Add cooked bottle gourd pieces and cooked moong dal.

9. Add turmeric powder, salt and mix it well. Add required water and mix it well.
10. Let it boil nicely for 4 to 5 minutes.
11.Shift the ready dal to a serving bowl and add lemon extract. Mix it well.
12. Serve with the main dish you have prepared.

Note :

 Adding onions and garlic is optional. Adding ghee is optional. Ghee adds to the aroma and taste. You can add more chilly . (Optional).
Time : 30 Minutes
Serves : 3 to 4

Bottle gourd Kichidi :

Add a cup of cooked rice and little salt. Mix it well . Let it cook nicely for 3 to 4 minutes.
Bottle Gourd Kichdi is ready to Eat. Serve with Papad and pickle.

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