Sorakkai (Bottlegourd) Adai

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Am very fond of this Adai from young age, a wonderful way to eat bottlegourd which has countless health benefits listed below...

Bottle gourd (‘lauki’ in Hindi and ‘sorakkai’ in Tamil) is consumed practically by every household in the country. It is a good source of carbohydrates, Vitamins A and C, and minerals. These vitamins help strengthen the immune system and keep away diseases. The vegetable contains 96.1 per cent of water, about 12 kcal and is high in fibre.

Bottle gourd has several health benefits. It is a useful weight-loss diet because of its high water and fibre content. It is also low in calories and fat. Water retention is a problem seen in many overweight people. Lauki is a natural diuretic and hence, beneficial for those who have water retention. It is easy to digest and is believed to have a cooling effect. Bottle gourd is useful in treating urinary disorders. The vegetable helps treat liver inflammation. So it can be used in treating jaundice too. Being fibre-rich, bottle gourd helps prevent constipation and other digestive disorders such as flatulence and piles.

Coming to the recipe

1. Peel skin and grate Bottlegourd in the bigger side of the grater.

2. Fry mustard, urad dal, finely chopped green chilly, curry leaves and onion in one tbsp oil.

3. Mix 3/4 cup rice flour to 2 cups of grated bottle gourd and add the fried items from step 2 above. After mixing them all well (include the required amount of salt), make them into round balls.

4. Take a plastic sheet and  place one ball on it. Flatten it using your hand like. Can touch some water or oil if it gets sticky.
5. Fry this on dosa or chapati pan until brown on both sides. Add a tsp of oil on either side when frying.
Photos to show the making of Adai.
Grated Bottlegourd
Fried items from Step 2 and rice flour added to the grated bottlegourd


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