Sorakaya Pulusu | Anapakaya Pulusu | Bottle Gourd Stew
Sorakaya pulusu (bottle gourd stew) is a South Indian dish that is prepared by Telugu's. Pulusu or stew means mild flavored tamarind juice brewed with few spices. Sorakaya pulusu is soft and juicy, made from tamarind gravy and tastes yummy when served hot with steamed rice and dal.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Main ingredient: Bottle gourd
1 bowl measurement: 250 ml
Flame used: Medium
Bottle gourd (lauki, sorakaya, anapakaya)
"Rich in fiber and low-calorie vegetable (14 calories per 100 grams)"
Peeled and chopped bottle gourd: 250 grams
Or big lemon size tamarind soaked
Chopped onion: 1 medium size, green chilies: 3 or 4
Dry red chilly: 1, urad dal: 1/2 tbsp, fenugreek seeds: 1/4 tbsp, mustard seeds: 1/2 tbsp, cumin seeds: 1/2 tbsp, garlic pods: 2, curry leaves: Few
Oil: 2-3 tbsp
Ghee (Clarified butter): 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder: 1 tbsp
Salt: As per taste
Red chilly powder or kaaram: 1 tbsp
Jaggery (mashed): Small lemon sized or 1 tbsp
Water: 300 ml or 1 and 1/2 bowl
Step 1: Heat 2 tbsp oil, saute (fry) spices one by one in low flame (prefer thick base kadai)
1 red chilly (endumirapa) and 1 or 2 garlic pod (optional)
Fenugreek seeds (menthulu): 1/4 tbsp
Cumin seeds (jeelakarra): 1/2 tbsp
Mustard seeds (aavalu): 1/2 tbsp
Urad dal (minapappu): 1/2 tbsp
add onions and green chilies
Add curry leaves and mix
Step 2: Add turmeric powder and mix well
Step 3: Add bottle gourd pieces
Step 4: Add little (50 ml) water, let it cook for 2-3 minutes
Step 5: Add salt (uppu), 1 tbsp red chilly powder (kaaram), soaked & filtered tamarind juice or 2 tbsp tamarind paste (Chintapandu gujju).
Jaggery (bellam) "optional"
Step 6: Add and mix 1 glass (250ml) water (just enough for the pieces should sink). Taste the stew and adjust any ingredient (tamarind paste, salt, red chilly powder) if required
Let it cook for 10-15 minutes till bottle gourd is cooked
Add 1 tbsp clarified butter (ghee) and turn off the flame when it comes to required thickness.
Put it in a serving bowl :)
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