Sorakkai eral Masala /Bottle gourd Prawn Masala

Have you ever paired prawns with bottle gourd? If not, try immediately the next time when you get hold of both these items. It's a must to do dish if u really are a sea food lover. The bottle gourd absorbs the flavor of prawn and tastes delicious with a hint of sweetness. But we need tender bottle gourd for the dish to be spectacular hence always choose the smaller one. My mom informed me that she used to make this dish before her marriage and said dropped making after her marriage to my father. But I never had this combo until one of my good friend told me when I's in Dallas. Trust me gals, it tastes osm with almost everything like Rasam, Curd, Sambar, Idli, Dosa and even roti's. Let's get into the recipe..

Yummy and sumptuous Prawn Thokku :

Ingredients :
Prawn -- 1 pound
Bottle gourd/sorakkai -- 1 1/2 cup
Medium sized onion -- 2 no., finely chopped
Medium sized tomato -- 1 no., chopped
Ginger garlic paste -- 1 tbsp.
Freshly ground garam masala powder
(or whole spices ground into powder) -- a pinch

Turmeric powder -- 1/4 tsp
Red chilly powder -- 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder -- 2 tsp
Cumin powder -- 1/4 tsp
Freshly ground pepper powder -- 1/2 tsp
Salt -- acc to taste
Curry leaves -- 1 sprig
Green Chilly --1 no.
Oil -- 2 tbsp

* for additional taste add half a tsp. of  tamarind paste while the vegetable is cooking.

Method :

Peel the bottle gourd and make into cubes . Claen and devein the prawn and keep aside. In a pan, add the oil  and add the onion. Saute the onions and add the GG paste and keep on stirring. Once it's done, add the tomatoes and cook until it's tender. Now add all the dry powders, salt and combine well. U may add the sorakkai now as it takes some time to cook. Scald well and add may be half cup of water to cook the mixture. Add the tamarind  paste at this stage if using. Cook for 5 minutes. When the vegetable is 3/4th cooked add the prawns and mix together with the masala. The prawns are so tender it won't take much time to cook.  Sprinkle the freshly ground pepper powder and mix well.  Cook until the prawns turns pink, this might take anywhere from 2 to 4 minutes , depends on the prawns size. Do not overcook the prawn as it will be rubbery if u do so. U may now take it from the stove and garnish with corainder leaves if u wish.



  1. Very easy and tasty

    also i came across one link thats also good to try




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