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March 19, 2018

Sorakkai Kootu Recipe | Bottle Gourd Kootu For Rice

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Sorakkai Kootu
Sorakkai kootu / Bottle gourd kootu for rice is an easy to make, yummy South Indian style kootu recipe with coconut, moong dal. We call it as sorakkai poricha kuzhambu too. I make it as side dish for vathakuzhambu. Long back, I had shared my MIL’s sorakkai paal kootu and sorakkai sweet kootu recipes. 

Recent days, you would have seen me making all my kuzhambu, poriyal and kootu recipes prepared using pressure cooker easily. For this recipe too, I have used my pressure cooker to ease my job. It came out very tasty and flavorful. I loved it with vathakuzhambu rice and curd rice. For variations, you can use chana dal instead of moong dal like hotel ones. 

Friends, do try this easy, healthy bottle gourd kootu at home and share your feedback with me. Lets see how to make Sorakkai kootu for rice with step by step pictures.

 Check out my sorakkai sambar, sorakkai paal kootusorakkai dosai too !

Bottle Gourd Kootu

Sorakkai Kootu Recipe – Bottle gourd Kootu

Sorakkai Kootu Recipe - Bottlegourd Kootu

Sorakkai Kootu Recipe – Bottle gourd Kootu For Rice

Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Side dish for rice
Serves: 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


1 cup - 250ml
  • Bottle gourd / Sorakkai - 2 cups (Chopped into small cubes)
  • Moong Dal - 1.5 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Sambar Powder - 1 tsp (Adjust)
  • Salt & Water - as needed
To Grind
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Rice flour - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Small onion - 2 ( optional)
  • Water - to grind
To Temper
  • Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – Few
  • Red chilli – 1 no
  • Hing / Asafetida – A pinch


  1. Wash and peel the skin of bottle gourd. Chop into small cubes.
  2. In a pressure cooker base, temper and take the chopped bottle gourd, moong dal, turmeric, sambar powder, salt and water. Mix well.
  3. Grind coconut + rice flour, cumin, onion to smooth paste adding water.
  4. Add the coconut paste to the cooker. Cover and cook in very low flame for 2 whistles.
  5. Open the lid after steam is released. 
  6. Mix well and serve hot with rice.


  • Wash and peel the skin of bottle gourd/ Sorakkai. Cut into two halves. Now remove the spongy center portion which has seeds.Chop the hard portion into small cubes. Set aside. Grind coconut, rice flour, onion, cumin seeds to smooth paste adding required water. Keep it apart. 
  • In a pressure cooker base, heat coconut oil and temper mustard seeds, urad dal, red chilli and curry leaves. To this, add chopped bottle gourd, moong dal, turmeric, sambar powder, salt & water. Mix well. Add the ground coconut paste. Mix well together.  (If you use chana dal, soak in water for 20 minutes and then add to cooker along with bottle gourd pieces)
  • Sorakkai Kootu recipe
  • Pressure cook in very low flame for 2 whistles. Open the cooker after the steam is released. Mix & check for taste. Add more sambar powder & salt if needed.
    Sorakkai Kootu recipe
  • Serve hot with plain rice or vathakuzhambu rice.

  • Enjoy !


  • Adjust the quantity of sambar powder as per your taste and spice level.
  • You can use 1/2 tsp of red chilli powder and 1 tsp of dhania powder instead of sambar powder.
  • For variations, you can skip cumin seeds while grinding.
  • You can also do the tempering at the end. 
Try this easy, yummy Bottle gourd kootu in pressure cooker and enjoy with rice !
Sorakkai kootu recipe

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swepaul said...

A very simple recipe. Came out tasty too. Thank you, Chitra!

Chitra said...

Thanks for your feedback 😊

Darshini said...

Hello Chitra thanks a lot for the recipe. Tried today, your recipe turned out so awesome and was so easy too.

Chitra said...

Thank you so much for your feedback Darshini :)