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Saddi Koora / Sorakaya Nuvvulu Koora / Bottle Gourd With Sesame SeedsCurry


Bottle Gourd-1no(peeled and cut into small pieces)
Sesame Seeds-1/2 cup
Red Chillies-3 nos
Tamarind Pulp-1/2 cup
Jaggery-1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
Urad dal-1/2tsp
Hing-1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves-few
Salt to taste
Oil-4 tbsp

Soak the tamarind in water. Squeeze the tamarind take out the pulp.

 Peel the bottle gourd skin and remove the inside the seeds part and cut into into small pieces.
  In the pan add sesame seeds and 1/2 cup of water mix well.
 Heat pan dry roast the sesame seeds until light brown and cool them down before grinding in to powder.

Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan,add the mustard seeds,urad dal red chillies,hing, curry leaves after the seeds splutter add sorakaya pieces and turmeric powder,salt to mix well.

Cover the lid cook till its tender.
When the sorakaya is tender add the tamarind pulp and jaggery mix well.
When the tamarind pulp become thick
Finally add the sesame seeds powder mix it  well.

Switch off the stove and serve with white rice.


Arati Puwu Kura / Banana Flower Stir Fry /Banana Blossom Fry

                Banana Flower (Arati Puwu in Telugu),which may also called banana blossom,is used as a food item in India,especially in South India.It has lot of medicinal values.It is considered as a blood purifying item and it is effective in curing menstrual disorders like painful menstruation and excessive bleeding.It also increases hemoglobin cell levels in the blood.
                   Due to time consuming job involved in cooking this flower,most people do not cook it often.But,it is not so laborious job to cook this flower,if you have some practice.

                    Banana flower consists of many layers of bract.You will find a bunch of florets under each layer.first remove the hard pink layer.Take out the florets found underneath.Remove all the layers one by one and collect all the florets.
                     In each floret,you will find a string in the middle with a tiny head and also a small plastic like white cover around it.Both are not edible.Remove both from all the florets.

                      The florets in the upper portion are slightly bigger are slightly bigger than the florets in the inner potion.From the big floret,you can easily see these and remove it.

                        But it is little difficult to find the string in the string in the small florets.You have to open each small floret gently by your fingers and remove the string and cover.To do this,take a bunch of florets in one hand and hold the bottom and gently rub the top of the florets in your palm.Now the florets will open up and you will see the strings in each floret.Remove it.When you remove the hard layers,you will find the color of the bract will change from dark pink to a pale yellow and finally end up with a small white bulb.the florets in the inner portion will be more tender.You can use the tender florets and the smell white bulb as it is.No need to remove string or anything from these.U can it like that.

Banana Flower-3 nos
Garlic pods-10 nos (cut into small pieces)
Ginger paste-2 tbsp
Red chillies-4 to 5 nos
Cumin Seed1.2 tsp
Curry leaves-few
Salt to taste
Oil-4 tbsp


First grind the banana flower and add 2 pinch salt .Wash nicely in water.Squeeze nice the banana flower take out the water.Keep it aside.

Heat the pan on medium heat along with oil.Add cumin seeds,red chillies.ginger paste,garlic pieces ,hing and curry leaves.Fry until the changes the color.
 Now add the banana flower and add salt , some water mix well.Turn the heat to medium-low,put the lid and cook.

 Keep stirring in the middle gently.mix well and cook for another 10 minutes or until done.

Now open the lid add some 3 tsp of oil,fry till its dry.
 Serve it as a side dish along with hot rice and ghee.

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