Tuesday, June 29, 2010



This is also called lauki/sorakaya. Had tasted this when we went to Indian vegetarian restaurant, since then I felt in love with this dish. It is healthy but not so spicy and has slightly tangy taste.

It goes well with capati or hot steaming rice. The spices used are according to my taste but adjustable to your requirement and this is my way of cooking the bottle gourd. What you need are:


2 cups bottle gourd cubed
1/2 cup toor dhal boiled
5 shallots sliced
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
5 cloves garlic
1/4 teaspoon cumin seed
1/4 teaspoon mustard seed
2 T cooking oil
curry leaves
pinch of asafoetida
2 T tamarind paste


* Cook bottle gourd with water, turmeric and salt until soft.

* Heat the oil, fry cumin, mustard seed, asafoetida and curry leaves until it crackles.

* Add onion, garlic and chili powder, stir for few minutes. Add tamarind juice, bring to boil.

* Now add the dhal, bottle gourd and salt if required, simmer for few minutes.

* Serve hot.

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Sushma Mallya said...

Thats something different, have not combined dal and bottle gourd but seems like a good one & delicious too..

Satya said...

dal looks delicious n colorful...it is very healthy too ...i love to have this dal with hot ghee rice

Sayantani said...

I love this dal but we make it with yellow (mung) dal. very healthy and looks awesome.

Suman Singh said...

like lauki sabzi alot..adding channa dal is not new to me..my mom would make this kind of sabzi..looks delicious..

kitchen queen said...

delicious tempting and mouth watering dish.

Juliana said...

Wow, what a nice vegetarian dish...so flavorful!

Suja Sugathan said...

Delicious recipe..looks awesome..love this with chapatis.

Mina Joshi said...

Hi first time here. You have a lovely blog. Never tried lauki cooked this way. It looks very delicious so will try out your recipe.

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Federica said...

deliziosa questa ricetta!!complimenti!!

Rachana said...

The dal looks so healthy and tempting!

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

I love this combo :)

Fimère said...

je crois ce goût u peu épicé et acidulé m'aurait beaucoup plu
bonne soirée

Kairali sisters said...

Delicious dal with lauki...Looks very good..

Kairali sisters

Krishnaveni said...

yummy yum dal...my fav...healthy too

Kiran said...

Alwyas love this combination of dal and bottlegourd.Looks delicious.

Nitha said...

Yummy and delicious... This wud be a good combo with rotis..

s said...

great combo..new yet sounds like a delicious one

Priya said...

Dal looks incredible and yummy..

Priti said...

I make with tuar daal or channa daal too ...looks gud..perfect with rice

jais said...

looks yummy dear. my mom will make this dish but i didnt tried. sure will try

Sridevi said...

Love to have this with rice and chappathi....

GayathriRaj said...

Hey thats a regular menu dish in my coooking.....v also love it alot...and urs came out very good and nice...

Sanjeeta kk said...

Beautiful and innovative recipe, good click.

PJ said...

such an interesting idea to make a bottle gourd daal! the pic looks very inviting.

Neha said...

really nice and healthy combo!!

vineetha said...

Lovely combi..I always like to try out diff combi with dals never tried this one though.

Sarah Naveen said...

love the combo..looks so delicious..


Hello everyone,

Thanks for your lovely and encouraging comments....

Not Your Ordinary Agent said...

Heavenly! I cannot wait to make this!

Miz Helen said...

What a great combination, I would love it with rice. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

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