Cook's Hideout: Sorakaya Pesarapappu Podi Kura (Lauki/ Doodhi Moong dal Subji)

June 24, 2013

Sorakaya Pesarapappu Podi Kura (Lauki/ Doodhi Moong dal Subji)

Blogging Marathon# 29: Week 4/ Day 1
Theme: Bookmarked Recipes
Dish: Soraka Podi Kura from Sharmi's Neivedyam
We are in the final week of June (can't believe we are about to hit the mid year mark soon--this year seems to just fly past) and also the final week for this month's BM# 29. My theme for this week is 'Bookmarked Recipes' and I tried 3 different recipes that have been in my bookmarks folder for a very long time.
Sorakaya Pesarapappu Podi Kura (Lauki/ Doodhi Moong dal Subji)
For the first I made this dry Sorakaya curry from Sharmi's blog. What caught my attention was the addition of roasted pesarapappu (moong dal) powder to the curry. I knew the combination would taste great, but it took me all these years to actually make it -- not sure why I kept postponing it. If you notice in her post I was the first one to comment, so it has been in my bookmark folder for as many years as the post on Sharmi's blog.
Sorakaya Pesarapappu Podi Kura (Lauki/ Doodhi Moong dal Subji)
Sorakaya/ Doodhi/ Lauki - 3 cups, chopped
Moong dal - ½cup
Green chilies - 2-3, slit vertically
Grated coconut - ¼cup
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Turmeric powder - ¼tsp
Dry red chili - 1
Curry leaves - 6-8
Salt - to taste

  • Dry roast moong dal until the color slightly changes. Let cool and grind to a coarse powder. 
  • Heat 1tbsp oil in a saute pan, add mustard seeds and once the seeds start to splutter add curry leaves and dry red chili.
  • Next add chopped doodhi along with green chilies, turmeric powder and salt. Cover and cook on medium flame until the veggie is tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the roasted dal powder and grated coconut. Cook for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat and serve with steamed rice or roti.
I served the curry with Dosakaya pachadi, Mysore Rasam, chips, ghee and rice.
Sorakaya Pesarapappu Podi Kura (Lauki/ Doodhi Moong dal Subji)

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 29.


  1. Oh wow..the whole spread looks fantastic.well Pavani now I have bookmarked this recipe and hope dont take that long to make. Looks really good.

  2. Great looking pics and wonderful thali.

  3. I like the simple yet tasty add on to the curry you know I love anything that is set as a thali..such a pleasing one..

  4. Simple and sounds like a good choice for everyday koora. The pictures are stunning!

  5. as i've become lauki obsessed another one for me to try

  6. Omg, the whole spread makes me hungry, kura with moongdal sounds prefect for my today's lunch, delicious.

  7. Looks very flavorful with Moong da and all spices ! Clicks are wonderful as usual !

  8. Simple n delicious curry. Never knew about adding roasted moong dal to curry, looks inviting

  9. What a recipe and click... both are superb

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  10. Oh perfect dear need to finish it your plater makes more starving. Perfect picture.

  11. I need to fly over to ur place to finish that platter - super perfect ! and those wafers makes me go ga ga ! I am also bookmarkign this from you - seems to be a sure shot way of getting lauki into my family's tummy :-))

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