It has been my personal experience that any dal/ sambar/ kootu/ curry/ sweet made using Chana Dal turns out very good. It turned out true yet another time with this pulusu. Thanks to Mrs. Maithili Venkateshwara Rao for this delightful tangy gravy.

Check it out for Day 2 Week 1 of BM #29.

Ingredients - 

Anapakaya/Sorrakaya/Bottle gourd, peeled and cubed 2 cups
Chana Dal 1/4 cup
Salt, Red Chilli Powder and Tamarind as per taste
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Onion, chopped 1/2 cup
Tomato, chopped 1/2 cup
Green Chillies 3-4
Jaggery as needed
Seasoning (Oil 2 tsp, Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, methi seeds 7-8, Asafoetida 2 pinches, Curry leaves few)
Coriander leaves for garnish

Method Of Preparation -

Pressure cook chana dal, mash (I made a paste instead) and set aside.

Extract the tamarind pulp and set aside.

In a heavy bottomed pan, boil bottle gourd, onions and tomatoes. Also add the slit green chillies in 3-4 cups of water. Sprinkle turmeric as well.

After the bottle gourd is cooked, mix the mashed dal, tamarind pulp, salt, red chilli powder and powdered jaggery.

Adjust the flavors as needed and let the mixture simmer for 8-10 min.

Prepare the seasoning by heating oil and adding the seasoning ingredients. After the mustard seeds pop, immediately transfer the seasoning into the simmering pulusu mixture.

Simmer for a couple more minutes and remove from heat and cover.

Serve hot with Rice and Papadam for a comforting meal. 

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#29.

Preparation Time 35 min
Serves 3-4 


  1. Such a comforting recipe!

  2. this has become one of my fave veggies - this is another one for me to try

  3. Akila Says:
  4. Looks delicious

  5. Sunanda Says:
  6. Curry looks tempting.. i always love the tangy taste.
    Sunandas Kitchen

  7. dsdsds Says:
  8. Nice and comforting gravy. Adding jaggery is new to me. I need to try it once!

  9. That surely is a flavorful that pic..and the dressings .

  10. divya Says:
  11. Super delicious !! looks so inviting !!

  12. Priya Suresh Says:
  13. Very interesting pulusu, love the consistency of this gravy.

  14. Suma Gandlur Says:
  15. I am sure that this pulusu must have been yummy.

  16. Pavani Says:
  17. I can imagine the taste of this pulusu -- so comforting and delicious.

  18. Jayashree Says:
  19. Looks tangy and delicious.

  20. Srivalli Says:
  21. I too think channa dal for such dishes Harini, nice one

  22. sushma Says:
  23. This one of the dish which I have to cook once in a week at home. We all love it.

  24. Unknown Says:
  25. Ading mashed chanadal is new to me i usualy add mashed tour dal some times witll ty with chanadal next time but sorakaya pulusu looks yoummm mouth watering...

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