Sorakaya Pappu Kura

Sorakaya or bottle gourd or Calabash is harvested  young to be consumed as vegetable. It can be cooked with dal / lentils or cooked as it is with some spices. Lauki as it is called in Northern part of India is also used to make kheer, dessert made of milk and sugar.

Today I will be preparing a simple curry made with bottle gourd and dal along with some spices. Its goes very well with steamed rice or roti. This recipe goes for day 1, week 2 of BM 105 under the theme " Everyday easy dish for Rice / Roti". 


Toor dal 1 cup
Bottle gourd peeled and chopped 1 cup
Onion sliced 1/4 cup
Green chili 2
Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
Chili powder 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Chopped cilantro 1 tbsp

For Tempering:

Udad dal 1 tsp
Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
Red chili 1
Curry leaves 4
Oil 1 tbsp


Wash toor dal thoroughly, add 2 cups water along with turmeric and green chili in a presser cooker.
Cover and cook for 3 whistles on medium flame.
Meanwhile in a pan add 1 tbsp and add mustard seeds.
When mustard seeds crackle add cumin seeds, udad dal, red and curry leaves.
Saute for few seconds and add sliced onions.
Cook till onions turn slight pink in color.
Now add bottle gourd pieces and  salt to taste.
Mix and cook till cooked completely.
Now add chili powder, mix and switch off flame. 
Once dal is cooked mash it thoroughly and add the cooked bottle gourd tempering.
Add 1/2 cup water and mix well to cook for 5 minutes on medium flame.
Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot with roti or rice.

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Srividhya said...

I love the combination of dal and veggies. These are perfect during those busy weekdays. Apt recipe for the theme.

Suma Gandlur said...

Yummy. We make it without the onion and chili powder and call it theeya pappu. Love these kind of simple and tasty dals to go with rice.

Amara’s cooking said...

Pappu sorakaya is simple but delicious curry. It goes well with rice or roti. Soulfood.

rajani said...

I agree with Suma. Simple recipes like this make everyday food really delicious! I like to prepare dals like this to go with rice for lunch as well as dinner.

MySpicyKitchen said...

Soryakayya pappu goes well with both rice and roti. An easy one for busy weekdays.

Harini R said...

As Suma said, we don't add onion and red chili powder and make it to go with rice. But his one looks colorful and inviting.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

I am always looking for different bottle gourd recipes to make as my boys love this vegetable. This is a lovely recipe and something new to us. I will try this soon.

Pavani said...

That is a very interesting sorakaya recipe. I love the combination of lentils and vegetables. This sorakaya pappu kura sounds absolutely delicious.

Srivalli said...

Very nicely done dal with beerakaya Sushma, good one.