Thursday, May 26, 2016

Bottle Gourd Rice-Lauki Pulao Recipe-Sorakkai Rice-Healthy One Pot Meal

Bottle gourd is known as sorakkai in Tamil, lauki or doodhi in Hindi and chorakaa in Malayalam.  It is commonly used in Indian cooking. You can make a variety of  dishes both sweet and savory with bottle gourd like kootu, dal, halwa, kheer etc. This is one of my favorite dish and I make this simple lauki pulao quite often and pair it with a spicy gravy. Today we will learn how to make Bottle gourd pulao/biryani following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Bottle Gourd Rice-lauki pulao

Bottle Gourd Rice-Lauki Pulao

Bottle Gourd Rice-Lauki Pulao

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategoryRice-Lunch-Bottle Gourd
 Recipe Cuisine: North Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Rice - 1 cup (basmati or regular rice)
   Bottle gourd - 3 cups chopped
   Green peas - 1/3 cup fresh or frozen
   Onion - 1 cup or 2 big onions
   Green chillies - 2 slit
   Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Coriander powder - 1 tsp
   Salt to taste

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 2 tbsp
   Ghee - 2 tsp
   Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
   Whole black peppercorns - 3-4
   Cinnamon - 1/2 inch stick
   Cloves - 3
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped


Wash and soak rice for 20 minutes in water. Drain the water and keep it ready.

Peel the skin of bottle gourd and chop it into medium sized pieces. Discard the seeds.

Cut onions lengthwise and slit green chillies.


Heat oil + ghee in a pan, add cumin seeds, when it sizzles, add cloves, cinnamon and whole black peppercorns.

Saute for a few seconds and then add onions, green chillies 
and curry leaves.

sauteing onions

Saute until onions turn light brown. Add ginger garlic paste and saute for a few more seconds.

Add coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt needed.

lauki pulao recipe

Add chopped bottle gourd, green peas and mix well. Add soaked and drained rice.

how to make bottle gourd rice

Mix well and add 2 cups of water. Check for salt by tasting the water. If required add at this stage.

Bottle gourd rice recipe

When water starts boiling, close the cooker and cook on low heat (without the whistle) until the rice is cooked. You can open the cooker in between, mix again and continue to cook until the rice is fully cooked. 

Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves. 
Fluff it with a fork and serve hot.

Sorakkai Rice/sadam

Simple and delicious bottle gourd rice/lauki pulao is ready. You can serve it with raita or any spicy gravy. As the pulao is a bit plain, a spicy gravy goes well with it.

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  1. What is the gravy that is in d picture?

  2. Tomorrow we will make. Thanks

  3. Hi Padhu,

    Tried this today.. Quick and simple ... Came out good...

  4. Dear padhu suggest some recepies with lauki....other than usual ones

  5. Suggest some side dishes other than methi paneer..

    1. You can make any spicy gravy for this. Paneer butter masala,capsicum masala etc etc. If you are a non vegetarian, you can have it even with spicy chicken gravy.

    2. Can I use snakegourd instead of bottle gourd

    3. Try it and give me your feedback. I have not tried it with snakegourd.

  6. I tried Nd comes out well..thank u...


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