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Sorakkai Kurma (Bottle Gourd Korma)

 Published 2014-Nov-12   Updated 2019-Mar-05

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Lauki Korma, Bottle gourd Korma, Bottle gourd Qorma)

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Korma or Kurma is a mild creamy curry that has many variations. In the Mughlai Cuisine, the creamy gravy uses yogurt or fresh cream. In the South Indian variation Kurma uses coconut and cashew nut paste to bring out the creamy texture of the gravy. The famous Chettinad Vellai Kurma is one of the most demanded dishes in South Indian Restaurants. There are many many variation to this and one of them is today dish called Sorakkai Kurma. It is a great combination with chapati but can also be served with rice.

Recipe for Sorakkai Kurma

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4


  • Bottle gourd - 250 gms (1/2 lb)
  • Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Onion - 1 medium (chopped)
  • Ginger Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
  • Tomato - 1 (chopped)
  • Green Chilies - 2 or Red Chili Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Fresh Coriander leaves (Cilantro) - for garnish

To grind

  • Fresh Coconut - 3 tbsp
  • Poppy Seeds - 1 tsp


  1. Wash and peel the skin of the bottle gourd. Cut into small cubes.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and crackle the cumin seeds.
  3. Add the chopped onions and saute for few minutes.
  4. Add the ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute.
  5. Next add the chopped tomato and saute till tomatoes become mushy.
  6. Add the bottle gourd pieces, salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder and garam masala.
  7. Add 1 cup of water. Cover and cook till the bottle gourd is soft (about 7-10 minutes).
  8. In the meantime, grind together the grated coconut and poppy seeds with little water to a fine paste. You can also add 4-5 cashews along with this for enhanced flavor.
  9. Reduce the flame and add this ground paste to the simmering  curry.
  10. Simmer for another 2-3 minutes and switch off.

Bottle Gourd Korma

Serving Suggestion

  • Serve with chapati or white rice.


  • Try with other vegetables like ridge gourd (peerkangai), chayote squash (chow chow), zucchini, yellow squash or pumpkin
  • If you like to make the kurma white in colour, skip the tomatoes, turmeric powder and red chill powder. Use yogurt and green chilies instead.

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Comments (15)

Person   ()
Tried it, its good
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Thank you.
Person   ()
I tried and it came out very well.. Thanks to u
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Thank You.
Person   ()
Just tried this and it turned out yum!
Person   ()
Awesome... Glad that you liked it.
Person   ()
Bottle gourd never tasted this good. Excellent, simple recipe. All must give it a try.
Person   ()
Thank You Meena. Its indeed a good way to enjoy Bottle Gourd.
Person   ()
Never forget to add “SALT”
Person   ()
I have tried balsa and portal but Never tried kurma with sorrakkai. Looks delicious. Got it on my list for the"to try" recipes. Thanks.
Person   ()
Try it and let us know how you liked it. :-)
Person   ()
Sorry. This auto correct grammar on phone gives all different words. It's halwa and poriyal.. not balsa n portal.. lol.. sorry again for the typo..
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Thats funny. :-)
Person   ()
Looks yummy. Sure I will try this recipe. Thanks.
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Do try and give your feedback.

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