Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Lauki Sabzi-Bottle Gourd Curry-Sorakkai Curry Recipe

Bottle gourd is known as sorakaaya in telugu, lauki in hindi and sorakkai in tamil. Bottle gourd has many health benefits and curative properties.The juice of bottle gourd is used as a remedy for many ailments.This vegetable contains 96 % water, is low in calories, high in fiber and therefore aids in weight loss.The high fiber content also helps to prevent constipation. Bottle gourd is one of our family's favorite vegetable. I prepare a variety of dishes with bottle gourd which includes different types of sabjis, kheer, halwa, raita etc and this is just one of them. Today we will learn how to prepare Bottle gourd/sorakkai curry/poriyal following this easy recipe.

Bottle gourd curry
Wow!! Lauki sabzi looks delicious 
Lauki Sabji Recipe 

Prep time - under 10 mins
Cook time - under 20 mins
Serves - 2

Ingredients needed

Bottle gourd (chopped) - 2 cups
Onion - 3/4 cup thinly sliced
Green chillies -3-4 slit

Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
Chilli powder or  sambar powder -1 tsp
Coriander powder -2 tsp

Coconut grated - 1/4 cup
Roasted sesame seeds - 1 tbsp
Salt needed

For the seasoning 

Oil - 1 tbsp
Jeera/cumin seeds -3/4 tsp
Curry leaves - few


Peel the skin, discard the seeds and then chop the bottle gourd into cubes.

Thinly slice onions lengthwise and slit green chillies.

Pound grated coconut and sesame seeds using mortar or just grind for a second in a blender.


Heat oil, add jeera seeds, when it splutters, add onions, green chillies and curry leaves.

Saute until onions turn transparent. Then add chopped bottle gourd, turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, salt needed and saute for about 2-3 minutes.

Now add around 1/4 cup of water, close the lid and let it cook in medium flame. Do not forget to stir in between  to ensure even cooking.( if needed you can sprinkle more water)

See picture below - the bottle gourd is cooked and all the water has evaporated.

sorakkai poriyal

At this stage, add grated coconut + sesame seeds mix and saute for 2-3 minutes. Switch off the flame.

How to make bottle gourd curry

Sorakkai curry or poriyal  is ready. It is a fantastic side dish for chapati  and rice.

Lauki sabzi

Variations  -  Instead of sesame seeds, you can use coarsely ground roasted peanuts also. It gives a different flavor to the curry.

You can use white or black sesame seeds. (I have used white)

More Bottle Gourd Recipes 

Lauki Kofta 

Bottle gourd Dal 

Sorakkai Kootu (South Indian style)

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  1. This looks delicious Padhu. I will send this link to my mom

  2. Healthy dish and cute presentation.

  3. u r good in decorating ! loved the way its arranged

  4. looks yum, i would love to have this with chapathy.
    Loved your cute bird too :)

  5. Looks so tempting... Yum yum yum...

  6. Wow.....wonderful presentation... What a creativity... U r superrr...:-)


  7. Poriyal is very simple and looks tasty.Nice vegetable carving.


  8. Delicious curry n so cute bird, lovely presentation :-)

  9. i am working lady so i am looking receipe which can be packed easily in a tiffin box, once i reach home i can confused what to prepare , with less time i have to finish the dinner, so pls suggest me accordingly


  10. Excellent side dish for curd rice,love it.

  11. wow the bird is beautiful. You have presented it so well. Luv the sabzi.

  12. Delicious looks very inviting.. And awesome pic..

  13. Looks like a delicious bottle gourd curry! The masterpiece which you made with the 'lauki' is also absolutely amazing!

  14. i love your carving very much..very creative..

  15. Lauki looks so cute...
    Delicious subji...

  16. I like all the sorekayi curries and poriyals. I have also made sorekayi halwa...

    Sorekayi sabji looks so YUM!

    Thanks for posting so many yummy vegerastian and vegan India recipes

  17. I am not a big lauki fan. But i soooooooo love your super cute bird!

  18. Tried it out. Came out awesome ! Thanks for this recipe :)

  19. I tried this recipe today with chapatti.very nice and bowl is empty...thank u for giving a wonderful recipe padhu😊


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