Nov 9, 2013

Sorakkai Kootu / Bottle Gourd Kootu / Lauki & Moong Dal Cooked in a Spicy Coconut Masala

This is one kootu which we grew up on. The one thing she do is changes the vegetable that goes into this. She adds cucumber, pumpkin, snakegourd and stuff like that. I will surely post those recipes soon. This is one simple recipe that includes dal, veggies and coconut. It taste yummy when had with plain hot rice and ghee. Hope you will give this a try and let me know how it turned out.

Meanwhile check out my Papaya Kootu Recipe & Pumpkin & Cowpeas Kootu

Preparation Time : 15 mins
Cooking Time : 30 mins
Serves : 4 to 5


Bottle Gourd / Sorakkai / Lauki - 3 cups chopped
Yellow Moong Dal / Pasi Paruppu - 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Water as needed

For Grinding:
Coconut - 3/4 cup grated
Dry Red Chilli - 2
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1 tsp
Rice Flour - 2 tsp

For Tempering:
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku -  1 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig


Peel and chop bottle gourd into a medium size pieces. Wash them well. Add them to a pot.

Add in washed moong dal and cover it with water. Season with salt and mix well. Bring it to boil, simmer and cook for 15 to 20 mins till the dal is cooked.

Take grinding ingredients in a blender, add water and make into a smooth paste.

Add this to the dal mixture and mix well. Cook this for 5 mins.

Now make seasoning. Heat oil and crackle mustard and curry leaves.

Pour this over the curry and mix well.

Serve with rice.

Take your bottle gourd

Peel em

Chop them

Add it to a pot

Add in washed moongdal

Cover with some water and put on stove

Add in salt

Cover with a lid

Cook till the dal and lauki is cooked

Take grinding ingredients in a mixer

Make into a smooth paste

Add it to the kootu

Bring it to boil

I forgot to add turmeric while grinding

Mix well


Make tempering

Pour it over

Mix well



  1. Yummy dish.. I used to eat this w/o rice itself when my mom prepares....

  2. Thanks for the detailed photos of every ste. Really appreciate it.

  3. Soooperrr dish aarthi.. Am looking for a variety of sorakaya dishes.. This looks perfect to cook for anybody

  4. Today i tried this dish. Really yummy. Thank you for your recipies. I am trying one by one.

  5. Thank u aarthi for giving this wonderful dish. It was awesome !!!

  6. Can I leave out the rice flour or substitute it with something else? Thank you.

  7. @Malathi Pillayu can simply leave out rice flour and grind some soaked rice along with coconut or leave it completely. it will still taste good

  8. different taste, very nice.

  9. Can we use dry coconut powder instead of fresh omen


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