Sorakaya Snack ~ Bottle Gourd Fries!

Thank you friends for indulging me. Its been great fun reading all the answers. I know its very hard to guess the ingredient from the finished dish, so I thought a clue is very much needed. That's why that clue that it belongs to the Gourd family! And two of them got it right, Jayashree and Anon, I would've been glad to know the Anon! That was really good.

Anyway after making it and while taking the picture it struck different it was looking. And it was confirmed that this is a sure case of misleading dish, when none of them guessed it right after eating it. Only verdict was it was really yummy. Of course, it was deep fried and had lot of other things to accompany it. Still it was an interesting dish to make. Athamma saw this in the tele sometime back and she was after me in making it. Finally when we decided to make, most things were on hand, so we changed it with what we had, since knowing the method and seeing it, thought it might be interesting.

Weekend saw me at home both the days and with kids gone to school, had the entire day to work the curry mela entries. Believe me, I had great time reading all those beautiful entries! Give me some more time and I will come with a fabulous entries that will last for quite a while. And I took Konda for a Drama in the evening. I am sure Lak will talk about it in her blog. It was a great show by the little kids and Konda was for sure taken in by it and wants to take part next time.

Now back to the guessing game. Its prepared with Sorakaya or Bottle gourd! It could be a Manchurian for all we know. But we tend to indianise and especially our typical tendency to infuse spice into everything, if its got to be served to hubby dear, this has gone through lot of changes. Hence I really don't know what this is supposed to be. But the end result was a great tasting tea time Snack or Starter. And the process is quite long, so beware of that!

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Ingredients Needed:

For the Dough

Bottle Gourd - 1 cup / 100 gms (app)
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Chili powder - 1 tsp
Wheat Flour - 2 -3 tbsp
Maida - 2 -3 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Soda - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste

Maida - 1 tbsp


Onions - 1 medium

For Sauté

Onions - 1 medium
Tomato - 1 medium
Green Chillies - 1 long
Curry leaves - 5-6
Coriander Leaves - for garnish.

Oil - 2 tbsp for deep frying.

Method to prepare:

Wash, Peel and grate the Bottle Gourd. Take the grated bottle gourd in a bowl and mix all the ingredients listed under for the dough. Mix well without adding water. Since bottle gourd has some water you will be able to get a stiff dough, if required add very little water. It really has to be stiff.

Then using a rolling pin, roll it as you do with your regular chapati. Over the top, cover it with finely chopped onions. Once done, roll inward to cover the entire layer. Finally you will get a rolled dough. Cut it to 2" circles.

Heat a pan with oil. Make a thin batter of maida for dipping. Then dip each piece in the Maida batter, the batter is to be really thin. Fry these in batches and drain them to a kitchen towel.

Meanwhile, heat another pan with 1 tsp oil, sauté curry leaves, finely chopped green chilies, chopped onions, then finally the tomatoes. Add salt and let the tomatoes get soft. Then toss the fried bottle gourd pieces and let it get covered well. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Makes a great snack for kids as I saw that Konda didn't even ask what it was but eat few. Of course, the frying part can be avoided if you want to microwave it or do it in an appam pan.

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