Sorekayi is nothing but humble bottle gourd, which we usually neglect to use in our daily diet, which incidentally has numerous health benefits. In our native, bottle gourd is mainly used to treat stomach illness or jaundice. It is believed that, it has the power (anti-inflammatory properties) to heal our Liver and intestine during the illness. Bottle gourd has close to 90% water content and is great on the stomach and light on digestion. Apart from this, bottle gourd juice is very good for weight watchers, diabetics and for a healthy heart too. We have so many traditional preparations of bottle gourd and all are very low in calories and tasty too.
Dosa rice – 2 cups
Bottle gourd – 1 or 2 (according to size)
Banana leaves or turmeric leaves – to wrap
-Wash Dosa rice and soak it for 3 hours.
-Grate bottle gourd by using big hole of a grater or chop it into very small chunks.
-Grind soaked rice into a fine paste with minimal amount of water and salt.
-Mix chopped or grated veggie and rice batter.
-If you are using turmeric leaves, wipe it and use as it is.
-If you are using banana leaves, take banana leaf, hold it over a gas flame (for wilting) then clean it with a wet cloth.
– If you are using turmeric leaves, use 2 leaves, place it in a “Plus” position, now pour one serving spoon of batter and fold the leaves like a packet.
-If you are using banana leaf, pour batter, fold side wise, then close the ends.
-Steam cook these ready packets in a water filled idly steamer for 30 minutes to 40 minutes in a medium heat.
– Serve this kottige with jaggery syrup with ghee / Honey, coconut chutney or sambar.