Bottle Gourd Moong Dal curry or Sorakaya Pesarapappu.

Bottle gourd (Sorakaya in Telugu) also called as long melon is a vegetable commonly used in Indian cuisine. Bottle gourd can be prepared with combination of Tur or Moong dal. Moong dal itself tastes good and it enhances the taste of the recipe. A mix of Bottle Gourd and Moong dal tastes delicious. Here goes the procedure:

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Serves: 3 people


Bottle gourd: 1 cup ( diced). 
Moong dal : 1/4 cup 
Cumin seeds: 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
Red chillies: 2
Green chillies: 2 (sliced)
Red chilli powder: 1/2 tsp (optional)
Asafoetida: small pinch
Turmeric powder: small pinch
 Salt to taste


Take the diced bottle gourd and moong dal in a bowl wash it and keep it a side for 10 minutes

Take a kadai add 3 tsp oil and add mustard seeds, when it splutters add cumin seeds, red chillies. Sauté it and add green chillies and asafoetida.

Drain the water in the bowl and add the bottle gourd and moong dal to the kadai. 

Add turmeric powder, sauté it and close with a lid. Simmer for 5 minutes.

Now sprinkle little water and simmer it till bottle gourd is compeltely cooked and moong dal is almost cooked.

Now add salt and simmer it again till the moong dal is  completely cooked. 

Add red chilli powder (optional) and simmer for 5 minutes.

Garnish with coriander.

Serve hot with steamed rice along with ghee.

Happy Cooking.

Another recipe from my blog with Moong dal

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