Kaddu ki dalcha (sorakaya masala kura)

Main Dish
2 servings
15 min
35 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 2
Kaddu (Sorakaya/ Bottle gourd) 1 medium, diced (about 3-4 cups)

Chana dal 2/3 cup

Onion 1 medium, chopped

Tomato 2 medium, chopped

Tamarind paste 2 teaspoons

Ginger + garlic paste 1 teaspoons

Mustard and Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

Red chili powder 1 teaspoon

Turmeric a pinch

Ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon

Ground Cardamom (Elaichi powder) ½ teaspoons

Jaggery (Bellam) or Brown Sugar 2 teaspoons

Green chilies 4, slit vertically


  • Pressure cook dal until soft (the more the whistles, the better). Blend it with tamarind paste and 1 cup of water. Keep aside.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large pan; add mustard seeds and cumin seeds and once they start to splutter add onions and sauté till translucent.
  • Add g+g paste and sauté for another minute. Next add chopped bottle gourd; cover and cook till the veggie is tender, about 12-15 35minutes.
  • Then add tomatoes, red chili powder, turmeric, cover and cook till tomatoes turn mushy.
  • Add the chana dal, ground cinnamon, cardamom (elaichi), jiggery, green chilies, salt and 1 cup water.
  • Simmer the mixture for 5-10 minutes so all the flavors mingle together.
  • Serve with rice or roti.


Kaddu ki Dalcha (Sorakaya Masala Kura), photo 1
Kaddu ki Dalcha (Sorakaya Masala Kura), photo 2




Very good delicious soupy dalcha

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