Bottlegourd / Sorakkai / Lauki / Sorakaya / Sorekai - Chapathi /Paratha
Thank you all for you wishes on my 500th post. Also for your support in my last post. Hoping to get a good response.
Now here I am with a healthy and delicious paratha. Most of the times I make parathas by adding veggies and mixing it directly to the dough and this is one such recipe. The reason I do is there is no need to stuff and I also get thinner parathas.
You can substitute the flour with whole wheat flour or mutli grain flour to make it more healthy.
Bottlegourd is low in fat and cholesterol and high in dietary fibre. It is excellent for light, low-cal diets, as well as for small children, people with digestive problems, diabetics. Its high water content makes it very cooling. The cooked Bottle Gourd is cooling, calming, diuretic and easy to digest. It is also effective against constipation and other digestive disorders.
Bottle gourd - 1 small or half of a big lone one
Atta/wheat flour/chapathi flour/ whole wheat flour - 2 cups
Green chillies - 2
Garlic - 3
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Salt as needed
Oil - 3 tsp
Peel and grate bottlegourd in the thinner side of the grater. Leave out the seed part. Squeeze to remove water. Save the water for mixing.
Meanwhile grind green chillies, garlic and cumin seeds. As fine as your blender can. Add this to the grated bottlegourd.
Heat a tsp of oil and add the grated bottle gourd and fry to 4 - 5 minutes. To remove the raw smell and also to cook partially.
Take a wide vessel and add the flour, salt and remaining oil and mix well. Next add the fried bottle gourd and mix well. First add the saved water( squeezed out bottle gourd water) -mix and add little warm water little by little and mix well to make a soft dough. If needed add a tsp of oil and top and knead. Cover with a wet cloth and set aside for 30 minutes.
Heat a tawa/griddle. Take a small lime size of dough and roll out with a rolling pin. Place on the tawa and cook both sides. Serve with your favourite choice of dip. Here I have made vegetable kurma.