Aanapkaya Bajji-Lauki Bhartha

Sorakaya a.k.a Aanapakaya(lauki/bottle gourd) Bajji is a regional taste of coastal Andhra served with Rice or Roti.

Preparation time:30 minutes


2 cups of bottle gourd(sorakaya) chopped into small pieces.
4 green chilies minced
3/4 cup onions finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
2 teaspoon oil
1/2 teaspoon mustard,
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 spring curry leaves
1/2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste

1.Pressure cook bottle gourd pieces/sorakaya mukkalu in 2 cups of water and salt for 3 whistles and let cool.

2.In a pan heat some oil and on a medium flame add cumin and mustard seeds and curry leaves and let splutter.
3.Add the chopped onion and green chilies, turmeric and saute for 4 minutes and add ginger garlic paste and stir for a minute.
4.Now add the steamed bottle gourd pieces and gently mash them into the onions such that a part of the pieces are mashed and part of them hold shape. Stir until all water has evaporated. Add garam masala powder and stir for a minute and turn off the stove.
Do not completely mash the vegetable as the texture may not be appealing.It works best when the half the vegetable is mashed and half of it holds shape.

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