Thursday, January 12, 2012

Bottle Gourd Red Chori Kaara Kuzhambu / Sorakkai Kaaramani Kaara Kuzhambu

            Usually i make this kaara Kuzhambu with Brinjal and its one of my Dad's fav kuzhambu. He used to say that my Brinjal Thattaipayir kuzhambu is the best and none can compete with me. Even my mom's preparation is next to mine :) So every time when i prepare this kuzhambu i use to think about my Dad , Miss U all :( Bottle gourd also suits well for this kuzhambu and the best combination is papad/applam. You can also use Brinjal/Drumstick instead of bottle gourd. The recipe as follows,

  1. Bottle gourd   1 cup (chopped in to bite size pieces)
  2. Red Chori / Thattai Payir    less than 1/4 cup (soaked for at least 4 hours)
  3. Onion / Pearl onions    1/4 cup (chopped )
  4. Tomato    1 medium(chopped)
  5. Garlic   1 full pod (peeled n halved)
  6. Curry leaves    1 sprig
  7. Cilantro   2-3 sprigs
  8. Cumin powder   1/4 tsp
  9. Kuzhambu Milagai Thool    1 tbsp
  10. Turmeric powder     a pinch
  11. Tamarind paste    1 tsp (diluted in 1/4 cup water)
To wet Grind
  1. Coconut   1/4 cup
  2. Poppy seeds   1/2 tsp
  3. Fennel seeds   1/4 tsp (optional) i added
To Temper
  1. Oil   1/2 tbsp
  2. Sesame oil    1 tbsp
  3. Methi seeds   1/4 tsp
  4. Mustard seeds   1/2 tsp
  5. cumin seeds   1/2 tsp
  6. Pepper corns   2-3 no.s
  7. Hing     1/8 tsp

  • Wash Bottle gourd, peel the skin and chop in to desired sizes n keep ready.
  • Soak red chori for at least 4 hours or overnight and cook till 3/4 th drain the water( use it to make Rasam) and keep aside.
  • Grind all the ingredients under the heading" to wet grind" to a fine paste using little water and keep aside.
  • Heat oil + sesame oil in a kadai, add the tempering ingredients and wait till it splutter .
  • Then add curry leaves and garlic, fry lightly and add onions and saute for a minute.
  • After that add tomatoes and saute till tender and add cut bottle gourd n red chori and stir fry for 1-2 minutes
  • Now add, kuzhambu milagai thool,cumin powder,turmeric powder and mix well and stir fry the vegs with masala for 1-2 minute.
  • And add tamarind water and bring it to boil.
  • Once it starts boiling add the coconut paste, enough salt and enough water to little thinner consistency.
  • Cook kuzhambu in medium heat, add cilantro and allow to boil completely till it thicken and oil floats on top.
  • That's it...Spicy and Yummy Bottle gourd Red chori Kaara Kuzhambu is Ready.

I used store bought Aachi kuzhambu milagai thool, but my mom's homemade is the best...will try to post that one soon.
Instead of kuzhamu milagai thool, you can use chili powder 1 tsp and coriander powder  2-3 tsp.
coriander powder should be more than or double the amount of chili powder.


  1. This looks absolutely delicious. It looks like sambar. Yum.

  2. Never added sorakkai to karakuzhambu, it looks so inviting especially in this cold weather here..

  3. Hey I am truly intrigued by this Kuzhambu. Looks very appetizing. I was wondering if you have the recipe for kuzhambu milagai thool.

  4. Nice Combo and a delicious luking Bottlegourd Karakuzhambu Dear.Yummy!

  5. Mmmm...Lovely tangy kuzhambu..full of flavors.

  6. Nice Kuzhambu! I almost make in the same way..except the fennel seeds & poppy seeds! :)

  7. Healthy and delicious combination.. looks perfect !!
    Indian Cuisine

  8. this combo is new to me but sounds delicious

  9. Looks mouthwatering... can you pass me some!!!

  10. This look Delicious…You have made it awesome..Totally YUMMO..


  11. This karaKuzhambu Makes me Drool Sangee.Yummy and perfectly done too.

  12. Bookmarked !! yummy kuzhambu :)

  13. So delicious and tempting curry...lucky to learn so delicious recipes from south from you and all my blogger friends!!
    Thank you all

  14. Bottle gourd curry looks yummy...

  15. This is one super good, spicy, tangy kuzhambu..will try this out soon as I have loads of bottle gourd sitting in my fridge.

    Thanks for sending this to my event.

  16. looks finger-licking good sangee ! nice clicks

  17. this sounds good and the pics are very just yummy dear...vl try this soon.thanx 4 the recipe

  18. wow! it is such a flavourful kozhambu.. yum yum

  19. I use yellow poosani,if this kulambu..All are same ingredients only but i use coconut milk!!Wonderful pic.. :)

  20. Kuzhambu looks very yummy...

  21. Slurp, super tempting kaara kuzhambu, wat a fabulous combo,i can survive for many days with this fingerlicking kuzhambu.

  22. @ Harini,I answered u in my Notes,Hope It helps :)

  23. Very delicious looking recipe...Nicely prepared..

  24. very simple and easy kaara kuzhambu recipe...looks very spicy too,thanks for the detailed pictures.


  25. I tried out your kuzhambu... It came out really delicious... Since I'm from Karnataka... I put home made rasam powder instead of kuzhambu powder... None the less it was still delicious... Thanks much

  26. I tried Your kuzhambu recipe... It came out really delicious .. I'm from Karnataka and the cuisine was something different to our taste buds... I just improvised a bit adding home made rasam powder instead of kuzhambu powder... Thanks much


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