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Jun 20, 2010

Sorakaya Pulusu Koora (Bottle Gourd in a Tangy Gravy)

Sorakaya Pulusu Koora (Bottle Gourd Stew)

Whenever I buy bottle gourd I always make this yummy dish. This is one of our favorite dishes to eat with rice/chapathis. 


  • 2 cups Bottle Gourd pieces (Sorakaya Mukkalu)
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 Tomato, chopped
  • 1 tsp Tamarind pulp or a small lemon sized Tamarind
  • 3 or 4 green chilies or chili powder
  • A pinch of Turmeric
  • A pinch of Asafetida (Inguva, Hing)
  • A handful of Cilantro, finely chopped
  • Salt

For Seasoning/Tempering:

  • 1 tsp oil
  • ½ tsp Mustard Seeds
  • ¼ tsp Cumin Seeds
  • ½ tsp Black Gram (Minappappu, Urad Dal)
  • ½ tsp Bengal Gram (Pachi Senagapappu, Chana Dal)
  • Few Curry Leaves
Sorakaya Pulusu Koora (Bottle Gourd Stew)


  1. Pressure cook bottle gourd pieces until done.
  2. Soak tamarind in enough water for some time and extract juice. Keep aside.
  3. If using readily available tamarind pulp, skip the above step.
  4. Heat oil in a pan or bowl and add mustard seeds. When they splutter add cumin seeds + black gram + Bengal gram and sauté well until the dals turn golden brown in color.
  5. Then add chopped onions + tomatoes + green chilies or chili powder + curry leaves and mix well. Then pour some water, cover and allow onions to become soft.
  6. Then add tamarind juice as needed and mix well. Also add turmeric + asafetida and mix well.
  7. Finally add bottle gourd pieces and bring the mixture to a light boil. Add salt and mix well.
  8. Then turn off the flame and add chopped cilantro on top and mix well.
  9. Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy with rice/chapathi.
Note: If the pulusu turns too watery, mix a tsp of rice flour/corn flour in enough water and add to the boiling pulusu and mix well. This makes the gravy thick.


Indian Khana said... [Reply]

Looks yum..new recipe for me ...glad to find ur blog..n happy to follow :)

Uma said... [Reply]

Hi Priti,

Thanks for the quick comment. You already know about me, don't you? :)

Unknown said... [Reply]

looks yumm..

Priya Suresh said... [Reply]

Very unique dish, looks very tempting Uma..

Hamaree Rasoi said... [Reply]

I have never tried adding tamarind in bottle gourd gravy...it's is new to me .... sounds tangy and tasty

Hamaree Rasoi

Unknown said... [Reply]

Yummy my favorite with hot steamed rice so tempting Uma..

divya said... [Reply]

looks yum...healthy dish..

Suja Manoj said... [Reply]

Unique dish..looks fantastic.will try this tangy pulusu

Rachana said... [Reply]

Looks so healthy and yumm! The Click is so tempting!

Vanamala Hebbar said... [Reply]

Nice curry...

Unknown said... [Reply]

Uma, that sounds simply delicious. We make a slightly different version of it and I love it :)

Unknown said... [Reply]

Nice dish.. looks perfect..

Suman Singh said... [Reply]

thats really a different recipe for making lauki sabzi/curry..looks tempting..yum!

Red Chillies said... [Reply]

Been a while since I visited you Uma, hope you are doing good. The curry looks delicious.

chef and her kitchen said... [Reply]

Perfect wid rice..looks yumm

Malar Gandhi said... [Reply]

Yummy sorakkai pulusu...perfect with steamed rice:)

Nithya said... [Reply]

Ummmm looks really yummy :)

RV said... [Reply]

Love Pulusus, tangy and yummy. It is mouthwatering...

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