Sunday, June 9, 2013

Bottlegourd with capsicum/Lauki Simla Mirch subzi/Chorakkai curry/Sorakkai Curry

If you read my blog you can easily make out, I lean towards vegetarian. But it's not always hugs and kisses for veggies like bottlegourd, capsicum, etc. I was introduced early on in my childhood with lauki dal, which I used to hate, apparently my hubby loves it. Lately, I have been reading a lot about the health benefits of lauki and was determined to cook it in more ways. I was very sure that somewhere it will click. I tried this recipe from vahrevahchef and everyone loved how lauki just tasted better with simla mirch and tangy tomatoes.

If you are a lady who starts pulling your hair at the tick of 6 p.m., thinking what should go with chapathis today, then this is it. You will be madly in love with the amazing combo - lauki and simla mirch spiked with tomatoey goodness. In one shot, how many veggies and a fruit are you tucking in ......... 2 veggies and a fruit. Isn't that good for you?

Bottlegourd/Lauki/chorakkai/sorakkai - 500 gm

Green bell pepper/Capsicum - 250 gm

Chilly powder - 1 tbsp

Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp

Chopped coriander - 1 bunch

Chopped tomatoes - 2 No.

Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp

Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp

Asafoetida/Hing - 1 pinch

Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp

Oil - tbsp

Salt as required

  • Cut bottlegourd and capsicum in equal sizes. 
  • Don't overcook lauki or capsicum. The whole beauty and taste of the dish is in the cooked yet crunchy vegetables (bottlegourd and peppers).
  • If you are not sure about pressure cooking times, open the pressure cooker before 1 whistle and check. May be you will need some extra mins, say 2 or 3 after that. 
  • Don't wait for 1 whistle to open your pressure cooker, chances are that you end up with lauki mash. Now you can't revert the process. Always it is safe to go by above method.

Pressure cook lauki near to one whistle. Open the pressure cooker immediately. Keep this aside.

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, ginger garlic paste, asafoetida and turmeric powder. Add cooked lauki, capsicum, salt, chilli powder, and cook till capsicum is tender. Now add chopped tomatoes and let it cook for 3 minutes. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Lauki ki subzi is ready. Enjoy with chapathis.


  1. Looks and sounds like an amazing combo, must be a perfect one with rotis :) Delicious clicks :)

  2. Such a delicious and healthy curry.

  3. Looks colourful and definitely a wonderful side dish for both rice and rotis.

  4. Vahrevah definitely"is all about inspiring others to cook" :)I like his energy level in earlier videos:))
    This one is really looking colorful.

  5. delicious curry...tempting clicks:)

  6. I can go for more rice with this delicious stir fry dear! How have you been? Sorry for my long hiatus.

  7. Colorful & delicious, nice combination of vegetables here!

  8. looks yummy ! Nice combo :)

  9. New combination, looks yum and colorful!

  10. Looks delicious Sebeena.. Perfect with chapathi.. Want to have this right now :-)

  11. Looks awesome. Must have Taste delicious too. Mouthwatering recipe, looks so inviting.

  12. Absolutely delicious basmati rice,classic recipe..looks divine.



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