Sorakaya Payasam ~ Doodhi Kheer for 4th blog birthday

Today, Sailu’s Kitchen turns four. Feels incredible! A mere ‘thank you’ isn’t enough to express my gratitude for your affection, support and encouragement, dear readers. I appreciate each and every comment, feedback and emails sent by you. Thank you very much!


Let’s celebrate with a low-fat dessert. Sorakaya Payasam is prepared with grated bottle gourd that is roasted in ghee, simmered in milk, sweetened with sugar, flavored with cardamom and saffron and garnished with toasted cashew nuts and almonds.

Sorakaya Payasam Recipe

Cooking Time: 45 mts

Cuisine: Andhra

Serves 5-6 persons



2 1/4 cups low fat milk

1 cup grated bottle gourd/sorakaya/dhoodi, squeeze out water

4 tbsps sugar (adjust)

1/2 tsp cardamom pwd

pinch of saffron, mix with 1 tsp milk

5-6 cashew nuts/almonds, toasted

1/2 tbsp ghee

1 Heat a vessel, add ghee and toast the cashew nuts and almonds till golden brown. Remove from vessel, keep aside.
2 In the same vessel, add the grated bottle gourd and saute for 5-6 mts. Add the boiled milk and simmer for 15-16 mts, stirring once in a while. Add sugar and simmer for another 10-12 mts, stirring once in a while.
3 Add the cardamom pwd, saffron and toasted cashews and almonds. Serve warm or refrigerate until chilled. It tastes good both warm and chilled.


Sorakaya Payasam ~ Doodhi Kheer for 4th blog birthday

  • Prep time:
  • Cook time:
  • Serves: 4

Main Ingredients:

  1. bottle gourd
  2. milk



Today, Sailu’s Kitchen turns four. Feels incredible! A mere ‘thank you’ isn’t enough to express my gratitude for your affection, support and encouragement, dear readers. I appreciate each and every comment, feedback and emails sent by you. Thank you very much!


I'm a food blogger, food photographer and organic gardener based out of India. I enjoy cooking for my family using fresh produce from my vegetable garden and farmer's market. I love to try out various cuisines and perfect my cooking skills. I believe that hard work, self-discipline, and a positive attitude cannot help but reap a harvest of fantastic results. Say hello and join me on Pinterest, Google Plus, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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64 Responses

  1. notyet100 says:

    yummylicious and perfect click,..;-) congratulations dear wish u many more,..

  2. arundati says:

    congratulations and many more wonderful years of blogging to you dear Sailu

  3. girijan says:


    A mere congratulation will not suffice.
    I’m certain that a sense of gratitude radiates to you whenever we enjoy our food made out of your recipes.
    And for me, I have learnt a lot of cooking jargons & tips thr’h your site.
    Wish you & your family members all the best, and hope to see you more enthusiastically.


  4. shilpa says:

    Congratulations Sailu. Here is wishing you many more great years.

  5. Malleeswari says:

    Congratulations! Wish to see many more birthdays like this :) Thanks a lot for your effort which is filling our kitchens with the nicest aromas and tastes.

  6. Rajitha selamkoti says:

    Hi Sailaja,
    Congratulations !!! I love your website and I am regular reader of your blog. Your recipes are very nice. I like to try out new recipes and I am learning a lot from you .


  7. Gauri says:

    looks rich and creamy… Congratulations for your wonderful blog journey that has spread good cooking to so many other kitchens.. I have benefited by learning how to make the super chicken masala balls from your site.

  8. supraja says:

    Hearty congratulations to you Sailu garu…. already u are at peak in food blogging with ur wide range of recipes including kids zone. i wish that ur blog will celebrate silver jubilee… as usual ur payasam looks delicious, my elder daughter who is seven year old is also a big fan of ur kids zone recipes and she loves to carry snacks which i make from ur recipe collection. great job and wish to see more….

  9. Jyothi says:

    Congratulations Sailaja, great job .. keep rocking…

  10. Nupur says:

    Happy Blog Birthday!! Sailu, here’s wishing you good food and good times always. Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes, thoughts and pictures with us.

  11. Silpa says:

    Congrats on your blog’s 4th birthday.

    Happy Birthday!!!!

  12. Madhuri says:

    Hi Sailaja,

    Congratulations on your Blog’s 4th Birthday. I really like your recipes.Great Job.

  13. Usha says:

    Congratulations! Wishing many more returns of this day!

  14. shreya says:

    Congratulations on your Blog’s 4th Birthday. May it complete many more !!!

  15. Cilantro says:

    Congratulations!. Wishing many many more wonderful recipes from you.

  16. Munni says:

    Congrats on completing 4 yrs !!!
    Way to go Sailaja.

  17. Lakshmi says:

    Happy blog B’day Sailu

    and many more

    You are awesome

  18. Maninas says:

    Happy birthday, Sailu’s Food! And THANK YOU for everything. Honestly.

  19. jo says:

    hi shailu,
    Congratulations.. and Best wishes for success in everything you attempt. God Bless.

    Hey, i searched for bread upma using yogurt in your site, but could not find.. but i do remember seeing it somewhere in your blog….

    if you have blogged it before, can you send me the link.

    hugs and smiles.

  20. Bhagi says:

    Congratulations!!!!!Here’s wishing u many more …….


  21. Eswari says:

    Wishing you more and more Happy Blog Birthdays.

  22. Rathnam says:

    Sailu garu,

    Congrats and wishing you many more birthdays

  23. Radha says:

    Congratulations on 4th birthday for your blog!!
    Wishing you many more successful years ahead for all the effort and dedication that goes into this blog.


  24. Congratulations Sailaja!!!!! I wish you many more…….for u and for us for such a lovely treat always:)

  25. Geeta says:

    I’ve been a silent recipient of many, many of your recipes, and thank you. Happy B’day!!

  26. Bhavani Rao says:

    Hi Sailu,

    Congrats on achieving 4 successful years of blogging delicious and awesome cuisines. Wishing you many more years of delicious and awesome recipes blog. Keep going and inspire many to be like you..

  27. Puja says:

    Congratulations! You are simply the best.

  28. Shri says:

    Hi Sailu,

    Like many of them, have been silently peeking into your website for new recipes on a daily basis.

    Staying committed for 4 long years surely is commendable, not forgetting the continuous efforts put into it with patience as well.

    Wishing you many more such years of spreading wonderful recipes for all of us !

  29. Aparna says:

    That’s quite a milestone. Congratulations. Wishing you many more here.

  30. jayasree says:

    4 years indeed a milestone. Congrats Sailu. Wishing you many more happy blogging years ahead.

  31. pr117 says:

    Congratulations Sailugaru,
    Wishing you many more happy celebrations like this. Best wishes for the journey ahead. Wish you should reach many more mile stones like this.

  32. shailaja says:

    Congratulations dear for treating all ur viewers with tasty food for continuous 4 years. May god bless u and help u keep up the good work.
    Regarding ur dessert, great pic and looks delicious.
    i do make this sweet and its a hit within our family. i add a little rice flour after the kaddu is cooked and a little khoya when its almost done. the sweet treat is really tempting.
    once again kudos for the good work

  33. sripriya says:

    Congrats on completing 4 yrs !!!
    Way to go Sailu!

  34. veda says:

    Dear Sailu,

    Congratulations for the 4th yr!!!!!!!!very commendable effort!!!!!we all can draw a lot of inspiration from you! many many more yrs of blogging!!!!!!

    Regards and Hugs,


  35. Sandhya says:

    Hey… Congrats on turning 4. Look forward to many more yummy posts ahead.. :-)



  36. laila says:

    hi sailu garu,
    congrats, you are too good. i wish u all the best. i tried yr lauki kheer adding sugar free, it turned out so well. thanx a ton.

  37. pinky says:

    congrats for the successful four years and years to come…
    But today the pictures are not that cool even though the reipe sounded good.

  38. appu says:

    Hi sailu,

    Congratulations …wish you many more……
    I love ur recipes and i am regular reader of your blog and i have learnt a lot from ur blog.
    Thanks a lot….

  39. Prameela says:

    Hi Sailu,

    Congratulations on turning 4 !
    I owe you tons of Thanks…I have learnt many recipes from your website.
    They are simply ‘perfect’. And the pictures are so nice.

    Good luck for the years to come. Happy Blogging!

  40. revati says:

    congratulations sailaja for ur consistent enthusiasm n effort :)

  41. Madhuri says:

    Payasam looks delicious !! Congratulation on successful completion of 4 years !

  42. Bong Mom says:

    Congrats on 4th Sailaja. Your blog is much more mature than its toddler age though :)

  43. srividya says:

    Hi Sailu, heres wishing ur blog baby a very happy 4th birthday!! and many more to come.. congratulations!!

  44. Rama says:

    Hi Sailaja garu,
    Congratulations..4 years complete ayyinanduku. mee site lo vunna anni vantalu maku baga nachutunayyi particular ga traditional ga easy ga vunnayyi and tasty ga kudurutunayyi.Inka ilanti enno vantalu mee site lo vastayani asistunanu.
    May god bless you and Wish you all the best.

  45. anitha says:

    Four years of non-stop yum! Great Achievement Sailaja. Congrats!

  46. Sumana says:

    Hi Sailugaru,
    Congragulations and Wishing u many more celebrations like this.

  47. Ashwini says:

    congratulations Sailu garu..
    I am a die heart fan of your recipes.
    Hope to see many many many more recipes in ur site…

  48. swapna says:

    Many many happy returns of the day …sailu,thanx to ur great work. ur helping all the housewives and moms like me who find it very hard to make different recipes every day. wishing u all the success and many more BLOG BIRTHDAYS :-)

  49. Subhojwala says:

    Hi Sailu,

    Am so happy that your blog turned four, I wish I could send you a cake!! But hearty congrats and I just love the dedication that you have for food and this blog, of course. May you blog more and more delicacies and may I get all the praises for cooking your dishes at home!! My father in law asks me if you have updated any new dish, since I try almost everything that you update !! Thanks a lot for making my life in the kitchen an easy one !! May God shower you with all blessings!! Take care!

  50. sachu says:

    Happy fourth year blog anniversary. I love your blog and always bookmark it. Many more wishes for the upcoming years of success or even an authentic cook book.

  51. Meghana says:

    Hi Sailu,

    Congratulations on reaching another mile stone. I follow your blog ardently and want to thank you for taking time to post recipes. Your posts are so inspiring that I have tried so many new things after going through your blog.
    Good luck for your future endeavors.

  52. sangeeta says:

    Congrats Sailaja and here’s to many more!

  53. indosungod says:

    Congratulations! Sailu.
    It has been a fun ride and a lot of learning from you.

  54. Swarna says:

    Dear Sailu,
    Indeed a great effort for the last four years. More than from my mother I learnt a lot from ur blog. U made my life easy in the kitchen. Waiting for many Kid’s recipes for lunch box and breakfast.
    Good Work, keep it up.

  55. Chitra says:

    4Yrs ? and i came to know about it only 6 months ago!! Wish i had known your blog right from the start!
    Lots of good recipes with easy instructions. These days i only cook what i find in your blog. Thanks a lot for sharing.


  56. Cilantro says:

    Congratulations Sailu! Wishing you many more….

  57. Suba says:

    Hi Sailu,

    Hearty Congratulations for the 4th Blog Anniversary..looking forward to many delightful recipes from you..i must tell you that yours is the first and regular blog that i check for recipes and have received appreciation from my family for all that i cook from your list..would be helpful if you can post some Lunch Box recipes in Kids Zone..once again best wishes and keep going..

    Warm regards,

  58. shaikhmohammed says:

    congrats!! i do not find a very appropriate word to express my feelings and i can not write too much on this occasion except to say all the best for the future and keep it up. thanks.

  59. Veda says:

    I tried this reciepe but it was not thick as in for other payasams we make. it how it is meant to be??

    You can make it thick and creamy by boiling the milk for a longer time, stirring it continuously. Also adding khoya or condensed milk will give it a creamy texture. The above recipe is not thick since I’ve used skimmed milk (low fat).

  60. Meeraa says:

    Belated wishes and congratulations to you sailu…

    Actually we shld thank you for providing such a beautiful site with so much insight..

    keep doing the great work..


  61. sailu says:
    Thank you so much for taking time to leave your comments and sending your good wishes my way. Appreciate it very much. :)
  62. Linda says:

    Hi Sailu — sorry I am late but still would like to wish you a very happy 4th blog-birthday! Thanks for sharing your kitchen :)

    Happy New Year to you and yours!

  63. Sirisha says:

    Although I grew up eating many dishes from your blog, Sorakaya Payasam is completely new to me!
    With the left-over Sorakaya, I made this payasam and it was very interesting.

    Thanks for sharing again Sailu! I am going to attempt adding the rice-flour as someone suggested to the sauteed sorakaya, and maybe some khoya for a slightly thicker consistency next.

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