May 05 2006

Sorakaya pulusu (Indian Bottle Gourd in tangy sauce)

Published by mythili at 2:45 pm under Pulusulu,Sorakaya (Indian Bottle Gourd)

Sorakaya pulusu – yummy yummy !! This takes me back to India, home and mom again. Yes. The usual nostalgia. So cutting short here is the recipe.

Ingredients :
Sorakaay pieces – cut in long slender pieces – 1.5 cups
Tamarind pulp – 3 tbsp ( or lesser depending how sour you want)
Bengal gram flour – 2 tbsp
Chilli powder – 1tsp
Cumin fenugreek powder – 2 tsp
Turmeric – a pinch
Asafeotida – a pinch
Onions – 1/2 cup
Red chillies – 3
Curry leaves – 8
Cilantro – 1/4 cup
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds – 1 tsp 

The process is pretty simple and easy. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and asafeotida. To this add red chillies, turmeric and the fenugreek seeds. Now add onions and let them fry till translucent. Add sorakaya pieces now. Take caution to fry the sorakaya just enough may be for 6 or7 mins. Now add the bengal gram flour and fry for 1 min. To this add the tamarind pulp and add 4 cups of water. You can add more water if you wish to have a runny consistency. When the water starts to just boil – add curry leaves, cumin+fenugreek powder (jeelakarra menthula podi : you can make this by dry roasting equal proportions and grinding them into a powder ) and chilli powder. Let the whole solution boil for about 20 mins. By this time the sorakaya should have become tender and should have absorbed the essence of all the ingredients. To this add salt according to taste and garnish with cilantro.

Serve hot with dal ( plain toor dal with popu) white rice and ghee.

Recipe source :Amma

38 responses so far

38 Responses to “Sorakaya pulusu (Indian Bottle Gourd in tangy sauce)”

  1. lakshmion 09 May 2006 at 10:59 am

    naku ishtamu e curry.

    Mythili says, naakkooda chaala istam ee pulusu :)

  2. Lindaon 09 May 2006 at 3:32 pm

    This looks great ~ I’m going to make it tonight. Thanks!

    Mythili says, You are welcome Linda

  3. Priyaon 11 May 2006 at 8:21 am

    I love this sorakaya curry, looks yummy. This is a must try recipe for me. Shall try it soon. Thanx for the nice recipe. I love these kinds of simple food.

    Mythili says, Thanks Priya. So did you get to try it out yet ?

  4. sailajaon 13 May 2006 at 1:25 am

    This is a new recipe with bottle gourd using senaga pindi.I like this recipe.Will try it.

    Mythili says, Thanks Sailu !

  5. Leraon 13 May 2006 at 11:40 pm

    Hi, This bottle gourd recipe sounds delicious….plan to try this week! I will let you know how it’s turned out!

    Mythili says, Thanks Lera ! Do keep me posted on the results. :)

  6. menutodayon 15 May 2006 at 5:45 pm

    Your blog is nice and good recipes.

    Mythili says, Thanks Menutoday :)

  7. Surenderon 14 Nov 2006 at 10:32 pm

    This sounds like a great recipe. I have to make this.
    Thanks for posting.

  8. Surenderon 18 Nov 2006 at 8:43 pm

    Finally I made the pulusu. I made one error by missing the methi seed in the popu and since I can’t eat any chillies I had to omit those. In the end the taste was little off. When I checked the recipe I noticed I missed the methi seed. This is a key element in this recipe. I added some more methi-jeera powder and sugar (dark brown). Then it was excellent inspite of my omissions. My wife makes a similar pulusu. She is in India now. She is from Guntur and makes this pulusu sweet. She will never write the recipes down. This is a very well written recipe and only addition (optionally) I would make is adding some jaggery or brown sugar or white sugar to taste. This is a keeper. Thanks.

  9. mythilion 19 Nov 2006 at 12:21 am

    I am glad you liked it. I don’t like the sweetish taste in the pulusu. I mean the sweetish taste induced by sweetners like sugar and the family. But in this pulusu there is a charming sweetish after taste due to the carmelized onions.

  10. premilaon 22 Jan 2007 at 11:31 am

    WOW !!!!! Yummy !!!! Delicious.

    I Just finished preparing it and tasted it too. It was real good. This is indeed a new recipe with the Bottle gourd. I enjoyed it.

  11. Swapnaon 26 Jan 2007 at 4:43 pm

    I made this last night and it turned so good.Usually I don’t like the regular bottle guord recipe and always on a look out for new recipes to use with bottle guord.Thanks!

  12. Mridulon 04 Sep 2007 at 7:54 pm


    I tried this recipe for the first time today & both my wife & I really liked it. I think my mother adds a little milk.

    Thanks so much for putting the recipe online.

  13. subhaon 01 Apr 2008 at 6:59 am


    It looks intersting, I am going try now

  14. Jaikrishnaon 12 Jul 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Hi Mythili

    Thanks for the awesome recipes you have in here. I am a student in Japan. Telugu by mothertongue and taste though I live in Chennai.

    Here in Japan, getting the items needed to make a proper pulusu or chaaru are tough to come across and MTR instant foods do not last long. So mom was asking me if I knew any way to make instant sambar/rasam powders so that she could make it and send it to me. Hoping you have some idea :)

    Thanks a lot and keep up the great work.

  15. swethaon 19 Sep 2008 at 8:44 am

    i just did this.its really very u know any pacchadi with sorakaya?thanks its a good recipe.

  16. harikaon 31 Jul 2009 at 9:43 pm

    superb!! ill try this today

  17. Sugunaon 04 Nov 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Tried this recipe a few weeks back…came out really good and very tasty.. i made it assuming i would have some left over for the following day….but it was so yummy that my husband and I finished it the same day…….i will be preparing it today again……

  18. Mythilion 09 Nov 2009 at 2:50 pm

    I am glad you liked :) Thanks!

  19. pravson 15 Feb 2010 at 12:11 am

    hey this recipe turned out really well !! i tried it for the first time ..thnx mythyili….chalo let me go n taste now!!!

  20. sundaron 30 Jul 2010 at 7:44 am

    My wife had gone on vacation leaving me and my son .

    There was one full bottlegourd in the fridge which I had never cooked in life!

    Google showed you and I followed your recipe..

    It came out well and my teenage son liked it ! I enjoyed the dish as much as the compliments I got from him ! Actually you earned it for me.

    Thanks friend!

  21. Sneha Shridharwaron 07 Apr 2011 at 12:07 am

    I like the receipe and the way you explained it. It looks quite easy to prepare. I will definitely try it.

  22. Radhikaon 14 Apr 2011 at 4:41 am

    Hi Mythili,

    I tried ur recipe and it came out very well….

  23. noorion 09 May 2011 at 11:53 pm

    I tried this one.Its husband enjoy this iitem.thank U

  24. psriramireddyon 30 Dec 2011 at 5:23 pm

    very good curry to day i will try

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    nice recipe and tasty tooo

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