sorakaya perugu pachadi

Sorakaya Perugu Pachadi | Bottle Gourd in Spiced Yogurt

By Swasthi on July 12, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Sorakaya perugu pachadi is a Andhra style side dish made with bottle gourd, spices, herbs and yogurt. Sorakaya is the telugu name to bottle gourd. Perugu translates to yogurt and pachadi is a chutney. Sorakaya perugu pachadi is made by cooking bottle gourd until tender. Then it is added to yogurt and tempered with spices & herbs.

sorakaya perugu pachadi

Most andhra households make a chutney known as pachadi for their everyday meals. Some times my mom makes this sorakaya perugu pachadi instead of the regular pachadi.

It is healthy, spicy & tastes delicious. We mostly make this during summers.

This is a no onion and no garlic recipe and hence can be prepared for festive meals.

Sorakaya perugu pachadi can accompany rice or chapathi and is quite easy to cook. Use green chilies generously, yes but to suit your tolerance levels.

Bottle gourd is one of the most commonly used veggie in Indian cuisine and is known by different names in regional languages. It is known as lauki in hindi and dudhi in marathi.

It is known as lauki in Hindi and is often used in the north Indian cuisine to make sabzi, lauki halwa & lauki koftas.

In South Indian cuisine it is mostly added to dal recipes. Dishes like Sorakaya pappu and sorakkai kootu are popular.

Other than that bottle gourd is also used to make lauki parathas, thepla, sorakaya pulusu, bottle gourd curry & bottle gourd stir fry.

sorakaya perugu pachadi


  1. Please taste the bottle gourd before cooking as sometimes the veggie is bitter.
  2. Sorakaya that tastes bitter is toxic hence should not be consumed.
  3. Peel the veggie well & discard the green peels.
  4. We usually cook sorakaya in a pot. However you can also steam it in a cooker. It has to be cooked just until done and not over cooked.
  5. Use a young and tender gourd as the perugu pachadi tastes better with young veggie.
sorakaya perugu pachadi

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sorakaya perugu pachadi

Sorakaya Perugu Pachadi Recipe

Bottle gourd in seasoned yogurt, goes well as a side dish with plain rice or chapathi or phulka
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Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time15 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 2 cups bottle gourd ,chopped , (use tender bottle gourd)
  • 1 ¼ to 1 ½ cups yogurt / curd (use as needed)
  • Salt as needed
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 to 3 green chilies , sliced or chopped
  • 1 red chili ,broken , (optional)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp mustard
  • 1 Pinch hing
  • ½ tsp chana dal (optional)
  • ½ tsp urad dal (optional)
  • 1 pinch fenugreek powder / menthi podi (optional)
  • Coriander leaves as needed.


  • Wash and peel bottle gourd, chop them to pieces.
  • Cook them till tender in a pot with very little water, you can sprinkle more if needed. Try not to use lot of water since we don’t want to drain the nutrients. Set this aside.
  • Heat a pan with oil, add cumin, mustard and chana dal and urad dal. Fry till the dals turn crunchy. Add sliced ginger, sliced or chopped green chilis, red chili and curry leaves. Fry till the curry leaves turn crisp for about 2 minutes.
  • Add hing, turmeric and fenugreek powder to the oil, stir. Add cooked bottle gourd and salt. Transfer this to a plate and let it cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, whisk yogurt with a fork to smooth
  • When the seasoned bottle gourd cools down, mix it with the yogurt and add chopped coriander leaves

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Sorakaya Perugu Pachadi Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 145 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 156mg7%
Potassium 343mg10%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 270IU5%
Vitamin C 39mg47%
Calcium 160mg16%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Always I follow swasthi recipie and we just love eating wat she post. I am carolyn bernard Mrs.age 65. I request her to give recipies to bring down our sugar. Thank u Swasthi.

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Hello Swasthi, thank you for the various recipes on your website. About bottle gourd, by cooking as mentioned in this recipe, will the nutrients be retained? I’m hoping we don’t lose them.

gongura chuttney is nice

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Hi this was super thankq

Healthy and tasty pachadi