Sorakkai thithipu and a pound cake – Summer cooking 4

Many a times I have drooled on the bottle gourd recipes that were posted by my blogging buddies. I love that vegetable but amma doesn’t. So it was years since I have tasted them at home but still amma could make this curry after years remembering my grandma’s recipe.

There is nothing to make it sweet and I don’t know why that word “thithipu” has come. Might be due to the sweetness that the vegetable has !

Here comes the recipe:


Sorakkai/bottle gourd (peeled and cut into bite sized cubes) – 2 cups

Grated coconut – 1/2 cup

Green chillies – 2

Onion – 1 medium sized

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Peanut oil – 1 T

Turmeric powder – 1 pinch

Salt to taste


How to make it?

In the thick bottomed tawa heat half of the oil and add the cubed sorakkai/bottle gourd along with the turmeric. Saute for 2 minutes and add 1/2 cup of water. Cover the vessel with a lid and let it cook till the vegetable turns fork tender. In the mean time grind the onion, green chillies and grated coconut with the cumin seeds to a fine paste. When the vegetable is cooked add this ground paste and add required salt and mix well. Let it cook for another 5 minutes or till the raw smell of onion disappear. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve with piping hot rice.

Its delicious with rice and would be good with rotis too!

Ad after a break I baked a pound cake from joyofbaking.com. I sprinkled some walnuts and its so very delicious. The recipe recommends a grilled toasted slice of the cake which I need to try anyway.


6 comments on “Sorakkai thithipu and a pound cake – Summer cooking 4

  1. we make curries with this gourd!..and that pound cake looks yummy!

  2. akismet needs to be spanked – it keeps classifying you as spam – just recovered your thayir sadam comment – bad bad akismet

  3. I love bottle gourd,The pound cake looks moist and yummy.Did u check my blog?A surprise gift is waiting for u

  4. nice & simple curry. cakes looks so soft and plumpy

  5. lovely dish with bottlegourd..the cake looks gorgeous

  6. Both items look delicious, Nirmala! Like sorakkai, too! 🙂

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