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Bottle gourd which is Sorakaya in tamil, Anapakaya in telugu, lauki or dhudi in hindi is used for many dishes in India like curries, subzi, Halwa and many more. It has more water content which is low in saturated fat and cholesterol. High in Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Zinc, Thiamin, Iron etc. This rice tastes so delicious, serve with raita and boiled egg.

Ingredients :

Basmathi rice - 2 cup 
Water - 3 cup measured
Bottle Gourd - 2 cups chopped to big cubes
Tomato - 2 chopped medium sized
Onion - 1 sliced length wise
Turmeric - little
Chilli powder - 2 tsp
curry leaves - few
Mint - few leaves
Coriander for garnishing

Masala for grinding :

Ginger - 1 inch
Garlic - 4 pod
Saunf - 2 tsp
Coconut - 1 1/2 tbsp


Cinnamon - 1/2 inch
Cloves - 2
Cardamom - 2
Star anise - 1
oil and salt as required

Method :

1. Heat oil in a pressure cooker , add the spices followed by sliced onion and curry leaves. 
2. Add the ground Masala and mint leaves. Once the raw aroma disappears.
3. Add the tomato, turmeric and chilli powder. Cook until they become soft and mushy.
4. Add the bottle gourd and saute lightly. 
5. Add the rice and boiling water(which is measured and kept) close the lid ,when steam comes out put the whistle and keep it in a very low flame for 10 minutes 6. Once the whistle sound subsides, remove the lid fluff the rice with the fork.  Garnish with the chopped coriander leaves.


1.Do not saute bottlegourd for long time. 

Padma  – (May 11, 2009 at 12:07 PM)  

Admiring ur platter so much and the neat presentation and also the cute little shapes that is cut and placed on top n sides ... still thinking what it is :)

Christo Gonzales  – (May 11, 2009 at 12:28 PM)  

another beautiful rice dish - these always look so tempting and delicious.

Padma  – (May 11, 2009 at 1:19 PM)  

Thanks for letting me know about it Pavithra... they are so neatly cut ... pretty to look :)

kittymatti  – (May 11, 2009 at 1:24 PM)  

this dish looks so pretty and obviously must taste great!

Unknown  – (May 11, 2009 at 1:32 PM)  

wow!yummy yummy rice dish...
presentation was good with little flower shapes..

Lavanya  – (May 11, 2009 at 3:14 PM)  

nice presentation with the cute are very good @ garnishing gal :)

Pooja  – (May 11, 2009 at 3:31 PM)  

Yummy Rice and nice presentation Pavithra..

Ramya Vijaykumar  – (May 11, 2009 at 5:17 PM)  

Pavitra whats with the spades??? they look cute and nicely decked up... Yummy rice and looks fabulous!!!

Home Cooked Oriya Food  – (May 11, 2009 at 6:05 PM)  

Looks lovely ! I am sure it tastes good too... How di you cut those shapes and in what ?

Pooja  – (May 11, 2009 at 6:29 PM)  

Yummy rice! Makes me hungry now seeing your shots!

Priyameena  – (May 11, 2009 at 7:20 PM)  

wow!!Totally new to me..I jsut love the way you played with the cutter!!

Anonymous –   – (May 11, 2009 at 9:07 PM)  

Delicious rice dish - love the beautiful presentation!

chef and her kitchen  – (May 11, 2009 at 9:22 PM)  

The spades are looking lovely and so is the rice...Never used lauki in rice..

Suparna  – (May 11, 2009 at 9:24 PM)  

This is the least I could think of :) :) wow bottle gourd in rice!healthy one girl, presentation is superb.

Sanghi  – (May 11, 2009 at 9:48 PM)  

Very different innovative dish! Yummy blog.. Do check mine!

Saritha  – (May 11, 2009 at 10:08 PM)  

Rice looks great,innovative idea,never thought of adding bottle gourd to rice.Looks yummy

Unknown  – (May 11, 2009 at 10:45 PM)  

Very interesting recipes and very good presentation. You have a good blog.

Priya Suresh  – (May 12, 2009 at 2:53 AM)  

Rice with bottlegourd looks amazing, lovely presentation...

Parita  – (May 12, 2009 at 8:12 AM)  

This looks very your presentation..i have never made rice with bottle gourd...must a try for me :)

sree  – (May 12, 2009 at 8:26 AM)  

Wow !! bottle gourd rice ..pretty new to me...looks yummy and nice presentation

Unknown  – (May 12, 2009 at 10:05 AM)  

wow intresting recipe looks so delicious and very new to me will give a try

AnuSriram  – (May 12, 2009 at 2:30 PM)  

Never tried making this.. Looks delicious! Nice click!

Lena Jayadev  – (May 12, 2009 at 10:38 PM)  

awesome snap wth wonderful recipe..thank u visiting my blog n leavin comment..i hope u wl cm ofter nw..

Valarmathi Sanjeev  – (May 13, 2009 at 12:31 PM)  

Very innovative recipe. Nice and cute presentation.

Pooja  – (June 12, 2009 at 7:21 PM)  

Pavithra i have been spending a great deal of time in your blog... i love the way you have arranged the platter.. it enhances the dish a lot.. u have a hell lot of patience !

Anonymous –   – (November 18, 2009 at 5:26 PM)  

It was rather interesting for me to read the article. Thanks for it. I like such themes and anything connected to them. I definitely want to read more soon.

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