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Thursday, April 21, 2016

S- Sorakaya Masala Kura/Bottle Gourd Masala Curry

Sorakaya/Bottle Gourd Masala curry is an Andhra Dish which almost tastes like non-veg because of the spices used in it. 

I ate this dish in several places but the one my Atta/Aunt makes is the one I loved most since I was a kid. So, here I'm sharing the recipe for you....

I made this recipe for the marathon after a long time and family really enjoyed it.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes 
Cook Time: 30 minutes 
Serves : 3-4

Sorakaya/Bottle guard : 1 medium size tender one
Onion : 1 chopped 
Green chilies: 2 slit 
Curry leaves: 1 sprig 
Ginger garlic paste: 1 tablespoon 
Tamarind: extract from size of a medium lemon 
Turmeric: 1/2 teaspoon 
Red chili powder: 2 teaspoons
Garam masala: 1 teaspoon 
Salt to taste 
Water : 1/2 cup 
Cilantro/Coriander leaves: To garnish 

For tempering: 
Cumin seeds/Jeera : 1 teaspoon 
Green cardamom/ Elachi: 3
Cloves / Laung: 5
Cinnamon: 1" stick 
Dry red chilies: 2 broken 


Take the Sorakaya/Bottle guard and poke holes with a fork. Do not peel the skin off.
Cut into 1" - 1.5" pieces.
Heat oil in a pan and add all ingredients listed under for tempering and fry for 1 minute. Add curry leaves, onion, green chilies and turmeric. Mix well and sauté till the onion turns light brown.
Add ginger garlic paste and fry for 30 seconds.
Add the bottle guard pieces and cook for 5 minutes close lid. Add red chili powder and salt and close lid. Cook for 3 minutes. 
Add water, tamarind extract and garam masala. Mix well and cook for 15 minutes until the gravy is thick and oil is separated.
Turn off the stove and garnish with cilantro and mix.
Serve hot with white rice or roti.

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  1. I like this recipe...sounds very interesting to make the gourd without peeling..most of the spices that have been used go into our day to day cooking..would love to try it soon.

  2. Oh thats a nice way to cook with the peel...

  3. Need some rice to have this fingerlicking masala without any fuss.

  4. I agree with vaishali to make the gourd without peeling. Yummy curry for both rice and roti. Nice one amara.

  5. Poking holes on to sorakaya makes it the pieces more flavorful, isn't it? Nice side dish to serve with both rice and roti.

    1. Yes Usha, poking the holes makes the pieces to absorb the masala well hence more flavorful:)

  6. I usually remove the skin in surakkai. This is a new method of cooking with the skin. Looks very tasty..

  7. Very interesting way of cooking sorakaya Amara. Love the idea of poking holes and not peeling -- must make the dish more flavorful and nutritious.

  8. I have never tried this poking method as I peel away the lauki. The curry is flavorful and one of my favorite ones to go with rotis.

  9. Wow! Cooking with the peel sounds very interesting.

  10. Never made bottle gourd with its peel. Looks like an interesting way to cook a classic!

  11. I love bottle gourd curry.This version looks delicious.