Sorakkai-Channa Dhal Poriyal

This is a moist, mild poriyal made with Sorakkai (Lauki, Bottle Gourd) and Channa dhal.

I usually have Sorakkai made into a kofta but since that involves deep-frying, I've been trying different recipes and have a few favorites... this is one of them. My friend Raji, a very good cook, is the one that introduced me to this dish.


Sorakkai - 1, chopped into cubes
Channa dhal - 1/3 cup, soaked in warm water for 30 mins/1hr
Onions - 1/2 medium, chopped
Green Chillies - 8 to 10, slit into two
Curry Leaves - Few
Mustard Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Urad Dhal - 1/4 tsp
Grated Coconut - 2 to 3 tbsp
Salt, to taste
Asafoetida, a pinch
Oil - 1 tsp

1. Heat oil, season with mustard, urad dhal, asafoetida, curry leaves.
2. Now add onions and green chillies and saute for a few minutes until they soften. Make sure it doesn't get brown.
3. Add the soaked Channa dhal and sorakkai pieces alongwith salt and about 1/3 cup water.
4. Cover and allow to cook on a medium flame until it's soft and the water has evaporated.
5. Add grated coconut, mix well and serve.


  1. This is the first time I've seen this simple recipe with doodhi. Thanks for it!

  2. A homely dish Lavanya, a simple but delicious one. Very nice. Viji

  3. hey, that looks yum! have always liked the veg/dal combo :) i make a similar combo but the dal is mashed in that, will try this sometime.

  4. Hi Jyothsna, thanks! yes it's simple and good.

    Thank you viji.

    Richa, Thanks for your comment - i like the veg-dal combo too. The bite in channa dhal balances the softness of the doodhi.

  5. Very tasty recipe Lavanya.I can't wait to get my hands on some Sorakkai now.Looks delicious:)

  6. I love this combination but make it as koothu. poriyal sounds good.

  7. Hi Lavanya,

    Nicecollections of recipes..i ejoyed reading your kid's day care activities on 1st day..ur feelings.Oh it was very live..i was remmebering my sister(Virginia) my niece even starting going to day care past1 month....

  8. Thanks Asha - hope you like it!

    Sharmi - thanks. Kootu sounds like a good option too. Do you just grind coconut, g. chillies and cumin?

    Usha - it is tough but its getting better. Thank you! Hope you niece is enjoying daycare now.


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