Sunday, June 21, 2009

Bottle Gourd Curry ~ Sorakaya Kura!

It feels good to be back to regular blogging! My PC got bonkers and I had all my pictures stored in there. Well that left me without any picture to talk about. And last one week was really hectic with both Mithai Mela and the Indian Cooking Challenge. The polling just got over! On top with work becoming even difficult I was wondering how I am still sane! One thing I miss most is not recording what my kids are up. The boys have started speaking a language of their own, its really so sweet to hear it. Chinnu speaks like a foreigner would speak telugu and Peddu speaks a typical marwari way! Both so sweet to hear, I have even recorded their conversations during their bed time. They both say "nanni" for "me or I". Daddy has given up trying to correct them. But we have started speaking their language.

Every other time, Peddu would come and tell me, "Deppu ooruki podam (We will go for trip tomorrow)" so last night while I was trying to make them sleep, he suddenly started telling me this line, I readily agreed that we shall. Then he said we all will go to his aunts place. "Oruu bavyuntundi," I asked how we will go, he replied "Naadichi Podam" (by walking), I again asked how?.he immediately stood up and showed walking. And said that by walking it will be best! Gosh imagine walking all the way across the border to Andhra! I guess in a child's mind, everything is so simple.

Anyway I am happy to share this simple recipe with Sorakaya / Bottle gourd, that was so common at my parents place. Dad likes this a lot and it used to frequent the table quite often. Hubby dear doesn't like it much, so you can imagine how rarely this figured on our table. But this time, he had no option out!


Soraya Kaya Kura

Ingredients Needed:

Soraya Kaya - 250 gms
Mustard seeds+ Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves few
Onion - 1 medium
Garlic - 2 - 3 flakes
Chili powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 - 2 tsp
Groundnut powder - 1 -2 tsp


Method to Prepare:

Wash and peel bottle gourd. Cut into 2" size pieces.

Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds along with curry leaves. Then saute onions till light brown.

Then add sorakaya pieces along salt and turmeric. Simmer with lid for 5 mins.

Once the veggie gets little soft, add chili powder, coriander powder. Simmer again with lid covered for 5 mins. Fry well.

Then add 1 cup of water and allow it to get cooked slowly. Simmer again for 10 mins. Finally add groundnut powder and can be removed immediately.

Serve with chapati or rice.

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Happy cook said...

This veg is one of my favourite, when mom made something with this i used to eat rice with it like a pig :-)
Looks so yumm.
You should post a picture from the twins and konda.
Or even better send one to me :-)

Parita said...

I too prepare in similar way, looks yum yum!

Pooja said...

the kids language is so sweet... he wants to walk all the way.. so cute !
the kootu looks very tempting !

Rajitha said...

love the baby talk :)...and the kura sounds are one busy lady valli :)

Poornima Nair said...

Nice n simple curry...looks delicious.

chakhlere said...

hey thats a nice recipe!!
Your kids are really cute!
It was fun listening to those innocent minds.

bindiya said...

pretty simple and nutritious curry,looks yum!

Hari Chandana said...

Yummyy sorakaya koora..very tempting..nice click!!.. :)


My mom used to make this,but its sweet version,this sounds good too :)

Miri said...

I hate these gourds being cooked to a mush...for some reason, only like then in thogayals and sambar etc or cooked with chana dal like a kootu....guess I'm like your hubby...

Priya said...

SO cute kid's language na SRI; missing those moments...Kura sounds fabulous!

rekhas kitchen said...

ha ha haa that is so sweet valli deppu ooruki podam cute and sorakaya kura is one of my fav. looks so tempting yummmmy

Kalai said...

Sorakai looks delicious, Valli! Am so glad to be hearing about the kids' antics again, too. :)

Preeti Singh said...

soo talk are like sweet syrup....I miss bottle gourd and use zuchini in it place :) ...looks nice and healthy.

Pavithra said...

Looking so good and healthy one

beachbirdie said...

This looks so yummy! I was not able to do anything with bottle gourd last year as mine did not grow.

This year my bottle gourd and bitter melon are growing well, so my family will get to try some of your recipes for these vegetables.

Anonymous said...

Tried this yesterday, it came out really good.

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