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Sorakkai Paruppu ( Bottle Gourd With Dal)

4 from 1 vote

South Indian style bottle gourd with dal is a very simple yet comforting dish. This dish goes well with hot steam rice or any Indian bread. Taste amazing with a drizzle of ghee over it.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Recipe CategoryVegetarian
Served AsDinner, Lunch
CuisineSouth Indian
Servings 3


  • Moong dal - ½ cup
  • Bottle gourd/ lauki - 1 medium size cubed
  • Tamarind - 1 small lemon sized
  • Salt
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Water - 1½- 2 cups or as required
  • For Tempering: Mustard seeds - ½ tsp
  • Cumin seeds - ½ tsp
  • Red chillies - 2 whole
  • Curry leaves - 4-5
  • Green chillies - 1-2 slit
  • Ginger - a small piece finely chopped
  • Garlic - 2 chopped
  • Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
  • Asafoetida - 1 pinch


  • Soak the tamarind in little water in a small bowl for sometime and extract the juice out of it.
  • Add the dal, bottle gourd, water, salt to taste in a pressure cooker and pressure cook for about 3 whistles. Let the pressure release by itself and coarsely mash the dal and bottle gourd with the back If the laddle.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and red chillies a let it crackle.
  • Add the curry leaves, green chillies, ginger, garlic and saute for about 2 mins.
  • Add the turmeric powder and asafoetida and tamarind juice and cook for a min or two.
  • Add this tempering to the dal bottle gourd mixture, give a good stir and take off the heat.

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Akum Raj Jamir
Akum Raj Jamir

A foodie and a passionate cook. Loves everything about food. I love experimenting with food in my kitchen and develop new recipes.

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