Sorakkai Bhaji / Lauki ki Sabzi, a very healthy and easy south Indian style bottle gourd curry made without coconut or dal or garlic. I learnt this recipe from my mother in law. This curry goes very well with cooked rice.
I have used home grown bottle gourd which doesn’t look like the one we get in market. We grow these at my in-laws place and it tastes far better than the another variety. There are two methods to prepare this curry. The one I have mentioned below using pressure cooker and in the other method, sorakkai is cooked separately and mashed. Tomato is an optional ingredient here. Take only small marble sized tamarind and dissolve in water. Cook it with curry. If you do not wish to use tamarind, then replace with pulpy tomato.
This is one of the healthy and easy to prepare south indian style curry which can be even tried by bachelors or spinsters. I did not peel off the skin of sorakkai as it is very tender. When you buy naatu sorakkai / organic lauki, press your nails on its skin, it should go smoothly. Such vegetable can be cooked with its skin on.
Sorakkai Bhaji Recipe
- 1 medium sized sorakkai / lauki / bottle gourd
- 2 tbsp tamarind soaked water
- 1 onion - chopped
- 1 tomato - chopped
- 3 dry red chilies
- salt to taste
- ½ tsp turmeric powder
- ¾ cup water
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- Please check the instructions below.
How to prepare Lauki ki Sabzi
- Take sorakkai and wash it. Cut into small pieces. Heat a pressure cooker and add 2 tsp oil. Temper mustard seeds and broken red chilies. Add chopped onion and saute a while. Now, add chopped tomato and mash it very well.
- Add chopped sorakkai, turmeric powder and salt to taste. Now, add water and mix everything well. Close the lid and pressure cook for 5-6 whistles. Remove from the heat and let the pressure settle down. Mash the curry just like paav bhaji. Keep the cooker on flame again. Add tamarind water and cook for 2-5 minutes. If you want thick curry, then cook for a while. If you want watery curry, then add little water and cook accordingly. Serve with cooked rice.