Sorakkai Puli Kuzhambu Recipe - Tangy Bottle Gourd Curry

Sorakkai Puli Kuzhambu Recipe, a delicious South Indian curry that can be made for your everyday meals along with Steamed Rice and Elai Vadam.

Archana Doshi
Sorakkai Puli Kuzhambu Recipe - Tangy Bottle Gourd Curry
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Sorakkai Puli Kuzhambu Recipe is a South Indian preparation of the bottle gourd, made tangy with tamarind and homemade spices like sambar powder. Bottle Gourd is a very succulent vegetable, that absorbs the spices that are added to it, giving the curry base a very juicy texture.

The addition of small onions and ginger and optionally garlic cloves enhances the taste of this dish. 

Did you know: The Bottle Gourd is also known as Lauki or Giya is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin B, sodium, iron and potassium. It is also rich in fiber and hence in turn helps fight constipation. Ayurveda also recommends this alkaline bottle gourd juice in the treatment of acidity, indigestion, and ulcers.

Drumstick pods helps to build strong bones, it is very good for pregnant women also. Drumstick pods which are known as moringa in local language is rich in calcium, Iron and vitamins. They are also have properties such purifying the blood, improves digestion and protects against infection.

Serve Sorakkai Puli Kuzhambu Recipe along with Steamed Rice, Elai Vadam and Masala Chaas for an everyday meal.

If you like this recipe, here are more Curry Recipes that you can make for your everyday meals:

  1. Hara Chana Masala Recipe
  2. Goan Moolyacho Ross Recipe (Goan Radish Curry)
  3. Matar Keema Recipe (Green Peas Gravy With Vegetables)

Course: Side Dish
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

20 M

Cooks in

30 M

Total in

50 M


4 Servings


  • 1 Bottle gourd (lauki) , peeled and diced into chunks
  • 12 Shallots , quartered
  • 1 Drumstick , cut into 1 inch size pieces
  • 1 Tomato , roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic , whole
  • 1 inch Ginger , finely chopped
  • 2 cups Tamarind Water
  • 2 teaspoons Sambar Powder
  • Salt , to taste
  • Ingredients for seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame (Gingelly) Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Methi Seeds (Fenugreek Seeds)
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves , roughly torn

How to make Sorakkai Puli Kuzhambu Recipe - Tangy Bottle Gourd Curry

  1. To begin making the Sorakkai Puli Kuzhambu Recipe, we will make this recipe in a Pressure Cooker

  2. Add all the main ingredient including bottle gourd, shallots, drumstick, tomato, garlic, ginger, tamarind water, ginger, sambar powder and salt into the pressure cooker, add the salt and about 1 cup of water.

  3. Cover the pressure cooker, place the weight on and pressure cook until you hear about 3 whistles.

  4. After about 3 whistles, turn off the heat. Allow the cooker to rest, until the pressure releases completely.

  5. Once the pressure is released, open the cooker and give the ingredients a stir. Check the salt and spice levels and adjust to suit your taste. Transfer the Sorakkai Puli Kuzhambu into a serving bowl

  6. Our next step is to make the seasoning for the Kuzhambu. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a small pan; once the oil if heated, add the mustard seeds and fenugreek leaves. Allow them to crackle and roast for a few seconds.

  7. Once roasted stir in the curry leaves and turn off the heat. Pour the seasoning over the Sorakkai Puli Kuzhambu  and give it a stir.

  8. Serve Sorakkai Puli Kuzhambu Recipe along with Steamed RiceElai Vadam and Masala Chaas for an everyday meal.