Sorakkai Paruppu / Bottle Gourd Dal

Sorakkai Paruppu / Bottle Gourd Dal


  • 1/2 Cup Moong dal
  • 1 medium bottle gourd diced
  • 1 small lemon sized tamarind
  • 1 tbsp salt or as per taste
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1-2 cups water
  • For tempering : 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 dry red whole chili
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1 green chilly slit
  • 1 small piece ginger chopped
  • 2 garlic glove chopped
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 small pinch asafodita


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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