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Soraikai/Bottle Gourd Porucha Kozhambu

Written By FewMinute Wonders on Monday, July 14, 2008 | 11:57 AM

Porucha Kozhambi is one of my favourites. It is almost like a kottu but not a kottu. It is usually served with rice and could be used as a side dish for roti or as a replacement to sambar. Its very healthy and tasty and is my entry to VOW:Bottle Gourd hosted by My Creative Ideas for the month of July.


Pressure pan
Bowl to place inside
Cooking pan
Mixing spoon
Cutting board


Bottle gourd peeled and cut into cubes - 2 cups
Moong Dhal- 1/4 cup
Thoor Dhal - 1/4 cup
Channa Dhal - 3 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Udad dhal - 3 tbsp
Jeera powder - 1 tsp
Dry chillis - 3
Cilantro- a few strands for garnish
Coconut - 2 tsp
Sambar powder - 1/2 tsp
Asafoedita - a few shakes
Curry leaves


1.In a pressure pan add 2 cups of water.

2. In a bowl that fits into the pressure pan. Add all the dhal except for udad dhal and then add some water for the dhal to cook.

3. Add the Bottle Gourd, salt, jeera, sambar powder and cook for 1 whistle.

4. Turn the heat to low and cook for another 15 minutes.

5. Turn off the heat.

6. Meanwhile, in a wok add some oil udad dhal, dry chillis and jeera and roast till the udad gets golden brown. Add cooconut and mix it well and turn off the heat.

7. Allow it to cool and grind them into a powder.

8. In the same wok add oil, asafodita, udad dhal, 1 red dry chilli and curry leaves and then add the cooked veggies and mix well. Add the powder and allow it to cook for a few minutes and serve hot.


  1. thank you for your nice version of kootu dear srimathi :) .
    btw, the email you sent has subject name Mango mania :D.

  2. I usually do poracha kolombu in white pumkin.. Nice pics

  3. Soraikai kozhambu looks delicious and yummy.....

  4. Typical traditional kootu just like my mom makes. Very delicious.

  5. Made this recipe with squash/peas and carrot. It was so easy to make and taste was super. Thank you and keep up the good work


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