Sorakkai kadayal (Bottle gourd mash)

Bottle gourd (sorakkai / laukee ) kadayal (mash) is a traditional sidedish made in our house. We south Indians make idli dosa regularly for breakfast and dinner so we prepare different side dishes apart from sambar and chutney. This is a simple dish and very healthy as well. Some people get heart-burning feeling after having coconut based chutneys. This bottle gourd kadayal can be prepared for such people. This dish can be prepared in wok but using pressure cooker it can be made easily in few minutes. Bottle gourd can be replaced with ridge gourd or brinjal so I stock these veggies in refrigerator to make my work easy. After shopping or at times when tired and don’t feel like cooking ..but, end up making a quick side dish for the leftover dosa batter. This side dish help me in all such situations. Do try this side dish for your family and make your kids have healthy sidedish with idli / dosa.

⏲️PREP TIME : 10 minutes

⏲️COOK TIME : 15 minutes

🥘CUISINE : Indian

🍲COURSE : Side dish

🍴YIELD : 6 servings


Bottle gourd – 420 gm

Big onion – 1

Country tomato – 2 medium size

Sesame oil – 2tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp

Red chilli – 4 to 5 (deseeded)

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Curry leaves for tempering

Salt as required

Coriander leaves for garnish


Remove bottle gourd skin and seeds, chop them and keep aside.

Chop onion and tomatoes and keep it aside.

Heat oil in a pressure cooker, temper mustard seeds, cumin seeds, red chillies and curry leaves.

Add chopped onion and saute well.

Add chopped tomatoes and saute.

Now add in the chopped bottle gourd and saute for few minutes.

Add turmeric powder, 2 glasses of water, salt and allow it to boil.

Close the cooker and give 2whistles.

Later when the pressure is released, open the cooker and blend it using a hand blender.

Blend it nicely .

Now bottle gourd kadayal is done.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with idli or dosa.


You can also use earthern pot and wooden dhal masher to blend it .

You can prepare same dish using ridge gourd or bottle gourd or brinjal.


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