sorakaya pulusu

Sorakaya Pulusu Recipe

Updated: July 12, 2022, By Swasthi, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Sorakaya pulusu is a Andhra style tamarind stew prepared with Bottle gourd, onions, tamarind, spices & herbs. This is also called as Anapakaya Pulusu and is often made in many Telugu speaking homes. Sorakaya is the Telugu name for bottle gourd and pulusu is a traditional tamarind stew. It is also prepared for festive meals in many families. Sorakaya pulusu is served with mudda pappu (plain tuvar dal), steamed rice, ghee, papad or its variations.

Sorakaya pulusu

Pulusu can be prepared with most vegetables like pumpkin, bhindi, potato, sweet potato, yam, drumsticks and even with eggs. It can even be prepared with a combination of veggies.

Here are some more pulusu recipes on the blog
Bendakaya pulusu
Egg pulusu
Gummadikaya pulusu
Fish pulusu

Sorakaya pulusu is made with just the basic ingredients and no garam masala is used. Pulusu has a natural flavor of the veggie cooked in tangy, sweet and hot ingredients.

While there are not many variations of these pulusu recipes, some people add rice flour or coriander powder and methi powder to get a thick stew.

But traditionally no powders were added and is more of a watery or runny consistency.

I have used a potato along with the gourd to enhance the taste of the sorakaya pulusu. It is optional. Instead of a potato, you can even add boiled eggs.

Pierce the eggs with fork randomly and saute the eggs in 1/2 tsp oil before you begin making the pulusu. Set them aside and add them along with jaggery and tamarind juice.

More sorakaya recipes,

Lauki halwa
Bottle gourd curry
Sorakaya pappu
Sorakkai kootu
Sorakaya pachadi

How to Make Sorakaya Pulusu


Rinse bottle gourd under running water and peel the skin well. Cut off both the edges and taste test the bottle gourd. Sometimes they taste bitter due to climatic and soil conditions. If it tastes bitter just discard as it is not edible. Cut the gourd to 2 parts and chop them to 1½ inch pieces and keep aside. Also chop the onions, green chilies.

1. Heat oil in a pot. Crackle mustard, methi and cumin seeds. Add curry leaves and hing (optional).

2. When the leaves turn crisp, add onions, green chilies (optional) and sprinkle salt. Fry until pink.

frying onions to make anapakaya pulusu

3. Then add the peeled and cubed sorakaya. I also added a potato. Saute for 3 mins.

4. Sprinkle red chilli powder and turmeric. If you want you can also add coriander powder and roasted cumin powder to thicken the pulusu. But these are not used in the authentic recipe. Fry for a minute to remove the raw smell.

adding spice powders to make sorakaya pulusu

5. Pour water just enough to immerse the veggies. I use about 1½ to 2 cups water. The amount to use depends on how tender your sorakaya is.

6. Bring the water to a rapid boil, lower the heat. Cover and cook until tender.

adding water cooking sorakaya pulusu

7. Add jaggery and tamarind water. I soak the tamarind in water and then filter it here.

8. Taste and add more salt or jaggery if needed. Cook until sorakaya pulusu reaches a desired consistency. Sprinkle coriander leaves.

adding jaggery coriander leaves for anapakaya pulusu

Serve sorakaya pulusu with rice, mudda pappu and ghee.

serve sorakaya pulusu with pappu
sorakaya pulusu

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sorakaya pulusu

Sorakaya Pulusu Recipe

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Sorakaya pulusu is a Andhra style bottle gourd stew made the traditional way with tamarind, onions, spices and herbs. It is eaten with rice but also can be eaten with roti.
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Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 2 cups bottle gourd , cubed / sorakaya
  • 1 medium potato cubed (optional)
  • 1 cup onions , fine chopped
  • 1 green chili slit
  • 2 tablespoons Tamarind (or 1 tbsp tamarind paste or soaked pulp)
  • ½ to 1 tablespoon Jaggery as needed (optional, but adds a lot to the taste and flavor)
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • ½ to ¾ teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons coriander leaves , chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 Pinch methi seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder (optional, to thicken)
  • ½ teaspoon roasted cumin powder (optional, to thicken)



  • Rinse sorakaya under running water. Peel and chop off both the ends. Taste test to make sure it is not bitter. Bitter bottle gourd is not edible. Dice to 1½ inch pieces and chop onions and slit green chilies.
  • You may skip this step and use store bought tamarind paste instead. If using tamarind, add it to a small bowl and pour ⅓ cup hot water. Let soak until soft. Later squeeze the tamarind and pass through a strainer. Keep aside.

How to Make Sorakaya Pulusu

  • Heat oil in a pan, add mustard, cumin and methi seeds. When they splutter add curry leaves and hing (optional).
  • Add onions and green chilies. Sprinkle some salt. Saute till they turn pink. Takes around 3 to 4 mins.
  • Add the bottle gourd and potatoes (optional). Fry for another 3 to 4 mins.
  • Stir in the red chili powder, turmeric, coriander powder and cumin powder (optional). Saute for a min.
  • Pour water just enough to immerse the veggies (about 1½ to 2 cups). Bring to a rapid boil. Reduce the heat and Simmer till veggies are soft cooked.
  • If it is too thick for your liking pour more hot water. If it is too runny, cook for a little longer on a high heat to evaporate the water. Pulusu should be runny consistency.
  • Add jaggery and tamarind. Mix well. Cover and cook till the pulusu reaches the desired consistency. Turn off when the veggies are soft cooked. Taste test and add more salt, jaggery or tamarind. Add coriander leaves.
  • Serve with sorakaya pulusu with plain dal, rice, ghee & papad or its variations.

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 Pulusu Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 174 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 0.04g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Sodium 466mg20%
Potassium 375mg11%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 320IU6%
Vitamin C 27mg33%
Calcium 88mg9%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Sorakaya Pulusu first published in May 2013. Updated and republished in July 2022.

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5 stars
Very good recipies from u Swasthi. I tried the kootu it came out well everyone liked it. Now going to try sorakai pulusu. Thank u swasthi.

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Hi ,thank you for posting such awesome andhra recipes. i tried u r sambar recipe…everyone in my family liked it.
plz can u share some portion control meal recipes.

It is better help to us to learn about different recipes

I am new to this kind of pulusu. By seeing the look, I tried..It was tasting yummy

Me encanta lindo y delicioso caldo,abrazos y abrazos.

Beautiful spread and that pulusu looks fabulous and seriously inviting.

delicious and lip smacking dish.

Bottle gourd curry looks awesome Swasthi. Lovely colour.

Nice clicks and delicious one too..

looks absolutely yummy! nice clicks!

The best set meal for Friday. Wish I can dig into.

aaaah i luve that como..mudda pappu pulusu neyyi..chustene noru oorutundi

Wow the pulusu goes nice with hot steamed rice.Love it.

nice masala dish for just plain rice.