Bottle gourd sambar – Tasty Sorakkai sambar recipe

Sambar is one of the famous south Indian dishes. It is best eaten in hot rice or idlis. I got a bottle gourd yesterday from my village, so I thought to make sambar with this bottle gourd vegetable. The name bottle gourd is given because of its shape. It is called with names like calabash or churaykka or sorakkai or lauki  or bottle gourd in different languages. People follow different styles in preparing the sambar items like using of plain dal or using some different vegetables. Adding vegetables in sambar gives more taste and also a good health.

Bottle gourd consists of rich water source in it so by consuming of bottle gourd will controls the body temperature. It is even eaten by the diabetic patients because it doesn’t have any sugar or glucose compounds. Eating of bottle gourd gives lot of health benefits like controls urinary tract infections solves constipation, active digestive system and treats diarrhea. Bottle gourd is the best remedy for the insomnia.

In market we can find different shapes and sizes of bottle gourds. Some look like pear shaped or oval or even round shaped. This bottle gourd will be green in color with smooth skin surface. Among all vegetables bottle gourd is only the least calorie vegetable which gives 14 calories per 100grms. Most of the dieticians suggest bottle gourd for quick weight loss. So start preparing this tasty bottle gourd sambar at your kitchen and maintain a good health.

Bottle gourd sambar

Bottle gourd sambar

Preparation time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 15 mins

Serving: 10



  • Bottle gourd – 1
  • Toor dal – 1 ½ cup
  • Tamarind – 50grms
  • Jaggery grate – 3 tbsp
  • Turmeric – ½ tbsp
  • Salt (required)
  • Tomatoes – 2
  • Onions – 2
  • Green chilies – 4
  • Tempering seeds – 2 tbsp
  • Oil – 4tbsp
  • Red chili powder – 1 ½ tbsp
  • Coriander leaves

How to Make

Step 1: Take a pressure cooker and add toor dal to it. Wash the toor dal with water for 2 times.

Step 2: Now add 4cups of fresh water and cover the cooker with lid.

Step 3: Keep this pressure cooker on stove and cook it till it gives six whistles.

pressure cooker

Step 4: Take tamarind in small bowl and add water to it. Let the tamarind soak in water.

tamarind in small bowl

Step 5: Peel of the bottle gourd skin and cut it into medium size pieces.

Step 6: Chop the onions, green chilies and tomatoes. Keep this a side.

onions, green chilies

Step 7: Take a big pan on stove and add oil to it. Give a medium flame.

Step 8: After oil getting hot add tempering seeds.

oil getting hot

Step 9: Now add onion pieces and green chilies to the oil.

Step 10: Fry it for 2 minutes.

Step 11: Add bottle gourd pieces and tomatoes also. Fry it for 5 mins.

bottle gourd pieces

Step 12: Now add 2 glasses of water.

add 2 glasses of water

Step 13: Put turmeric, salt and red chili powder to this mixture.

turmeric, salt and red chili powde

Step 14: Let the vegetables boil in this water for 10 mins.

Step 15: Meanwhile remove the pressure cooker lid and start mashing the dal.

cooker lid and start mashing

Step 16: Put this mashed toor dal paste to the vegetable liquid.

mashed toor dal paste

Step 17: Make tamarind juice from soaked tamarind and pour that liquid also into the pan.

Step 18: Add one more glass of water. Mix it well.

Step 19: Now add jaggery pieces. Let the liquid boil for 10 mins.

Step 20: While boiling don’t keep lid to the vessel.

Step 21: Garnish the bottle gourd sambar with coriander leaves.

bottle gourd sambar with coriander leave

Taste this in hot rice or idly. While eating the sorakkai sambar you can find the bottle gourd pieces which are well cooked and tasty to eat. Gain more vitamins by eating this healthy vegetable. If you want you can even add vegetables like carrots, radish and ladies finger. Adding of vegetables gives more taste to the sambar. Bottle gourd sambar can be stored for two days by preserving in the refrigerator.