Thursday, April 14, 2016

Lauki Kheer-Bottle Gourd Payasam-Sorakkai Payasam Recipe

Bottle gourd payasam (pudding) is a creamy and delicious dessert made with grated bottle gourd, milk, saffron and nuts. It is easy to make and tastes heavenly. You can make this for any special occasions or festivals. Bottle gourd is known as "suraikai" in Tamil and "sorakaya" in Telugu, "churakka" in Malayalam. As it is Tamil New Year and Vishu today, I wanted to share an easy, quick and delicious dessert with you all. Let's learn how to make Bottle gourd payasam following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Lauki Kheer-Bottle Gourd Payasam-Sorakkai Payasam

Lauki Kheer-Bottle Gourd Payasam

Lauki Kheer-Bottle Gourd Payasam

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Recipe CategoryDessert-Bottle gourd
 Recipe CuisineIndian

   Ingredients needed

   Bottle gourd - 1 cup grated
   Milk - 2 1/2 cup
   Sugar - 1/4 cup or as needed
   Cashew nuts - 6-7
   Almonds - 8-10 toasted
   Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
   Saffron strands - 4-5
   Ghee/clarified butter - 3 tsp


Peel the skin of bottle gourd, discard the seeds and grate it using a grater with big holes. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Then squeeze out all the water from the bottle gourd and keep it aside.

Heat a tsp of ghee and roast cashew nuts until golden brown. Keep it aside.

Toast almonds and sliver (cut it thinly lengthwise) it.

Soak saffron strands in 2 tbsp warm milk.


Heat 2 tsp of ghee and saute the bottle gourd for 3-4 minutes on medium heat stirring continuously.

sorakaya payasam recipe

Add milk and cook on medium heat, stirring from time to time until the milk reduces and thickens a little.

how to make Sorakkai Payasam

Once the milk reduces, add saffron, cardamom powder and sugar.

Bottle Gourd Payasam recipe

Stir until sugar dissolves. Then add cashew nuts and slivered almonds. Remove from heat.

Lauki Kheer

Enjoy it hot or cold!! Sounds easy isn't it. Do try it and let me know your feedback.

Note - Instead of sugar, you can also add condensed milk for this bottle gourd kheer. Follow the same method mentioned above.

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  1. Hi Padhu I follow your blog regularly. Thanks for posting beautiful recipes. The above recipe is heavenly. Will try..

  2. Wow Nice way to use Lauki. Just loved your recipe.

  3. Can we use jaggery instead of sugar?

    1. Yes, you can but add it in the end and switch off to prevent the milk from curdling.

  4. Tried sorakka payasam today. It turned out Very tasty and yummy. Thank u for sharing the recipe

  5. I m gonna make this tomo as we have guests coming over... sure they will love it

  6. Can we use chow chow instead of soraka

    1. I have not tried it with chow chow so not sure how it will taste.

  7. Is it okay to cook bottle gourd along with seeds and skin and grind and make Indian kheer?

    1. No, you have to peel the skin and discard the seeds.

  8. I tried the recipe but the milk got curdled. What can be the reason behind it.

    1. Use fresh milk. There must be some problem with the milk otherwise it will not get curdled.

  9. Can I use cut bottle gusrd instead of grated one?


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