Monday, July 28, 2014

Bottlegourd biryani (sorakkai biryani / Lauki biryani)

Bottle gourd biryani

Ingredients (serves for 2)

Basmati rice - 1 cup (1 cup size = 150 ml)
Bottle gourd (shredded) - 2 cups 
oil - 4 tsp
fennel seeds - 1 tsp
cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
bay leaves - 1
cinnamon - 2 small sticks
cloves - 2
cardamom - 2
onion (medium size) - 1
tomato (medium size) - 1
turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
red chili powder - 1 tsp
garam masala - 1 tsp
ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
green chili - 1
salt -as needed
coriander leaves - for garnishing


  • wash and soak the basmati rice for 30 minutes 
  • Peel off the skin from the bottle gourd, remove the seeds at the center and shred the flesh part
  • squeeze the water from the shredded bottle gourd. (I have got half a cup of water from it)
  • chop onion and slit the green chili lengthwise
  • grind the tomato to a smooth paste
  • heat a vessel with oil and add fennel seeds, bay leaves, cardamom, cinnamon sticks, cloves and cumin seeds
  • once it splutters , add sliced onions
  • fry till it become transparent and then add ginger garlic paste
  • saute till the raw smell goes off.
  • add green chili , turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt and garam masala
  • saute it for a minute and then add tomato paste
  • cook covered for  4- 5 mins 
  • transfer this mixture to the pressure cooker 
  • add 1 cup of water and extracted water from shredded bottle gourd ( For 1 cup rice, we usually add 1 1/2 cup of water. As we are adding bottle gourd juice, adjust the water accordingly)
  • add shredded bottle gourd and soaked rice. 
  • mix well and pressure cook it for one whistle
  • once the pressure is released, mix the rice using fork and garnish it with coriander leaves
  • serve hot with raita 

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1 comment :

  1. Great write up and awesome presentation! The recipe is pretty well explained with awesome pictures. This healthy dish is surely in my bucket list now. Thanks for sharing! Gosht Biryani is another healthy yet succulent delight that one must try.


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