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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