sorakaya fry is called as sorakkai poriyal in tamil. It is easy and quick to prepare, most convenient for working folks. Stir fry recipes do not need too many ingredients either. But we need to make them flavorful to keep them interesting. These dishes go well with steamed rice and are usually accompanied by rasam or sambar or pulusu. You can even make these in large quantities and refrigerate them for later use.
sorakaya fry takes barely 10 mins for preparing (+10 mins for chopping). I use my homemade vepudu karam for stir fries and it goes very well with this sorakkai poriyal too. Since bottle gourd has lot of moisture in it, it tastes bland if nothing is used to enhance the taste. This powder gives a nutty aroma and taste to this bland veggie. I have used coconut too, it is optional, and you can skip it if you don’t have in hand.
I make my stir fries always on the highest flame or heat so that I can cook faster. So to prevent burning I always use heavy bottomed pan that is wide. If you are not using a heavy bottomed pan, cook on a medium flame else your veggie can be burnt.
For more simple stir fry recipes, you could check out brinjal potato fry , mullangi stir fry , mixed vegetable stir fry , andhra mushroom stir fry
sorakaya fry or sorakkai poriyal with step by step pictures
1.Wash and peel the skin of the bottle gourd and chop to bite sized pieces
2.Heat oil in a wide heavy bottomed pan, add dals cumin, mustard, when they begin to crackle add curry leaves and chili and fry till the dals turn golden
3.Add the gourd, sprinkle salt and turmeric.
4.Fry on a medium to high flame for 3 to 5 mins, keep stirring to prevent burning
5.If your bottle gourd is not tender and juicy like the one I used, cover and cook till the gourd is cooked fully. If it is tender just continue to fry without covering till it is fully done
6.Add the vepudu karam and coconut. Fry till it blends well with the veggie.
Serve with rice and rasam or sambhar
sorakaya fry or sorakkai poriyal recipe below
- 2 cups of bottle gourd chopped
- 1 to 2 green chilies slit (optional)
- 1 sprig of curry leaves
- Pinch of mustard
- Generous pinch of cumin
- Pinch of turmeric
- Oil as needed
- 1 tsp. chana dal (senaga pappu)
- 1 tsp. urad dal (minapa Pappu)
- 2 to 3 tsps vepudu karam or peanut podi or flax seed podi
- 1 to 2 tbsps. Grated fresh Coconut (optional)
- Salt to taste
- Wash bottle gourd under running water, peel the skin and chop to bite sized pieces.
- Add oil to a wide heavy bottomed pan, add cumin, mustard, dal, fry till the dals turn golden, add curry leaves and chili and fry till the leaves turn crisp.
- Add the bottle gourd, sprinkle salt and turmeric.
- Fry on a medium to high flame for 3 to 5 mins, keep stirring to avoid burning. If the gourd is not tender or less juicy, cover the pan and cook till the gourd is cooked fully. If it is tender just continue to fry without covering till it is fully done.
- Add the vepudu karam and coconut. Stir well to mix.
- Serve with rice and rasam or sambar