Surakkai Masala – Bottle gourd Gravy

I post recipes which I usually cook at home which are simple and which can be prepared at home with ingredients which are available. This gravy is made with bottle gourd(surakkai) and it goes well with Chapathi, Rice.

Let’s see how to cook it.

Preparation Time: 10 mins

Cooking Time: 25 mins

Serves – 3


Oil – 1 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp

Urad dal – 1 tsp

Dried red chillies – 2

Onion – 1 (medium-sized ,chopped)

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp

Tomato – 1(small-sized, chopped)

Green Chilli – 1 (chopped)

Bottle gourd – 1 (small size, chopped)

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp

Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp

Garam masala – 1/4 tsp

Curry leaves – a few

Salt to taste


Heat oil in a pan. When the oil is hot, add mustard seeds. let them splutter. Add cumin seeds, urad dal. Then add chopped onions, dried red chillies. Saute them well until the onions turn translucent. Then add ginger garlic paste . Saute until the raw smell goes off. Add chopped tomatoes. Saute them, cook until the tomatoes get mushy. Add chopped bottle gourd, curry leaves , turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, salt and garam masala to it. Mix well. Add water to it. Cover and cook in low flame until the bottle gourd gets soft.

Serve hot with Chapathi or Rice and dal.

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