Sorakaya Kothimeera Kaaram ~ Bottle Gourd with Spiced Cilantro

Ingredients :

Chopped Bottle Gourd : 1 to 1.5 cups
Handful of Cilantro
Green Chillies : 4
Sugar : 1 to 2 tsp
Mustard Seeds : 1/2 tsp
Chana Dal : 1/2 tsp
Urad Dal : 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder : 1/8 tsp
Curry Leaves : 1 sprig
Salt to taste
Oil : 2 tsp

Method :

Wash, peel and chop the bottle gourd into small pieces and set aside. Grind the green chillies and cilantro and set aside. Heat oil in a frying pan and add the mustard seeds, chana dal and urad dal and let them splutter. Then add the curry leaves, chopped bottle gourd, salt and turmeric powder and mix well. Sprinkle handful of water, cover with a lid and cook the bottle gourd for about 5 minutes or until the pieces become tender. Now add the ground cilantro mixture and sugar and fry for a few minutes. Switch off the heat and serve hot with roti or rice.

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