South Indian Style Sorakkai Kootu Recipe – Bottle Gourd Cooked with Lentils

South Indian Style Sorakkai Kootu Recipe -Bottle Gourd Cooked with Lentils Recipe is a delicious combination of lentil and vegetables. The flavors used in this recipe are typically used in day to day cooking in the South Indian Style Kitchen. Coconut is one of the key ingredient present for all of their dry vegetable side dishes.  Bottle gourd (lauki), Yellow Moong Dal (Split), Turmeric powder (Haldi), Fresh coconut, Cumin seeds (Jeera), Red Chilli powder, Oil, Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu), White Urad Dal (Split), Dry Red Chilli, Asafoetida (hing), Curry leaves   2 cups Bottle gourd (lauki) , diced small 1/4 cup Yellow Moong Dal (Split) 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi) To be ground to paste 1/4 cup Fresh coconut 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera) 2 Red Chilli powder For the seasoning 1 teaspoon Oil 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu) 1 teaspoon White Urad Dal (Split) 1 Dry Red Chilli , broken into half 1 pinch Asafoetida (hing) 2 sprig Curry leaves     10   30     To begin making the South Indian Style Sorakkai Kootu Recipe -Bottle Gourd Cooked with Lentils Recipe add moong dal and the chopped bottle gourd in a pressure cooker with little water.Close the cooker with a lid and cook till the cooker releases 4 whistles. Once it is done, switch off the heat and release the pressure naturally.Add the ingredients mentioned in the list to be ground into a coarse paste, which is fresh coconut, cumin seeds and red chilli powder.Once the pressure is released, add this paste into the cooked mixture and give it a stir. Cook it for 2 minutes and switch off the stove.For the Tadka, heat a skillet with oil and crackle the mustard seeds and urad dal, add the rest of the ingredients and then pour this over the Sorakkai Kootu and serve.Serve the South Indian Style Sorakkai Kootu Recipe (Bottle Gourd Cooked with Lentils Recipe) along with Steamed Rice and Parappu Rasam to enjoy a comforting meal.