Anapakaya Sengapappu Kura ~ Bottle gourd-Channa dal curry

Bottle gourd-Channa dal curry

Last week, while leafing through a handwritten recipe file, I unearthed a notable recipe that involves Sorakaya aka bottle gourd. Time had come to re-create it and savor the forgotten taste. Channa dal and cubed bottle gourd are slowly simmered in a tamarind based masala gravy until soft on bite. Deliciously tangy with a faint whisper of sweetness, the curry made for a hearty meal with rotis.

Anapakaya Senaga Pappu Kura Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 35-40 mts

Serves 4-5 persons




2 cups peeled and cubed tender bottle gourd

1/2 cup chana dal/senaga pappu, wash and soak in water for 30 mts

1 onion, finely chopped

few curry leaves

2 tomatoes, finely chopped

2 green chillis

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

1 tsp coriander pwd

1 tsp red chilli pwd

small lemon sized tamarind (soak in a cup of warm water and extract)

garam masala pwd (2 cloves, 1 cardamom, 1″ cinnamon stick)

coriander leaves for garnish

1/2 tbsp oil

1 Heat oil in a cooking vessel, add the green chillis, curry leaves and chopped onions and saute till the onions turn transparent.
2 Add the ginger garlic paste and saute for 4 mts. Add salt, chilli pwd and coriander pwd. Combine. Add the cubed bottle gourd, combine and place lid. Cook on medium flame for 7-8 mts, stirring in between.
3 Add the soaked channa dal along with 2 1/2 cups of water and bring to a boil. At this stage add the chopped tomatoes and cook for 12-15 mts with lid. Add the tamarind extract and cook without lid till the dal turns soft but holds shape. Add garam masala and combine.
4 Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve with rice or rotis.


Anapakaya Sengapappu Kura ~ Bottle gourd-Channa dal curry

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  bottle gourd


  • Aarti

    Hi Sailu,

    Your creativity is endless! I always come to your website whenever i need a change in my menu, and I am never disappointed!
    Your family is truly lucky, to have you make them all these absolutely delicious and healthy meals…
    God bless and keep blogging:)

  • Shreya

    I love bottle gourd and I have always made this with toor dal. My ingredients are also the same except that I do not add tamarind or garam masala. I have to try this with chana dal. I have to try this for sure:-)

  • Sowmya

    Wow…this goes with roti too huh? Both me and husband love sorakaya… but am used to making only dal with it..Will try this one…

  • Alka

    We generally make ridge gourds with chana dal , that too as semi-dry dish, but this curry type dish with bottle gourds sounds so lovely.A must try dish that it is, i can’t wait to give it a shot

  • shaikhmohammed

    doodhi-chana is one of my favourite dish. my wife makes it a bit dry and she never used tamarind. now i will try this way also. ur recipe is fantastic. thanks.

  • padmajaprasad

    Hi sailu,
    curry looks so delicious. By the way, i think bottle gourd is called sorakaya in telugu right, u have mentioned anapakaya sengapappu kura??????

    In our parts, its commonly known as Anapakaya.

  • Kalyani

    dish looks delicious sailu … i do the same with beerakaya … looks great …

  • Sudha

    nice recipe sailu garu…but u mentioned different name it seems!!!

  • Hari Chandana

    Hi.. my fav dish.. thanks for the recipe and nice clicks ๐Ÿ™‚

  • vikas

    i tried it last night. turned out really good.

    the only problem i had was the cooking time. starting from preparation – chopping veggies and washing dal etc – to cooking time was more than an hour. even then the dal and bottle gourd were pretty firm. is it ok to partially boil the dal in the pressure cooker and then add here. would it make a substantial difference?

    Thanks for the feedback, Vikas. Yes, its fine to partially cook the channa dal and bottle gourd along with turmeric pwd with a small cup of water in a pressure cooker upto one whistle. Use the left over water also and follow rest of the recipe.

  • akshata

    You have a great great site!!!
    I will be going through your whole site and trying out new dishes, i have made this particular bottle gourd and chana Dal recipe. pl visit my blog when you have the time and give me your comments. I would really appreciate it. I would like to have genuine and sincere comments from you!!!

  • soujanya

    Hi Sailu,

    I saw this recipe “Anapakaya Senagapappu Kura” and “fennel flavored egg curry” recently published in “Saakshi” news paper, with the same pictures and ditto recipes. I wonder if you are aware of this because I didn’t find your name under the recipe.


  • mohan

    sailu…this receipe is really good..i tried this and even sent the same to my sisters…nd asked them to try this whenever they want to do anything with anapakaya..thanks a lot for giving such a good receipe..i rarely eat bottle gourd but now i became a fan of is just bcos of u..certainly i will suggest everyone to go thro ur website if they r looking for any new dishes..

  • Aparna

    Hi Sailu… my friends and I love your website..tonight i had anapakaya that was begging to be cooked.. and wala.. I searched your website and found this perfect fit.. it turned out Great!! and my hubby loved it!
    Thanks again!

  • Sirisha

    Tried this today and enjoyed it very much. Thanks for blogging this recipe Sailu.

  • Mixie

    I followed the recipe to the T and it was the best chana dal i have cooked so far! Loved it! I used the pressure cooker instead and poured in the tamarind juice and masala later. I only left out the curry leaves since I didn’t have any in the pantry but it still came out perfect!

  • albert_e

    Thanks a lot. Used this recipe twice already. Wonderful.

  • bhavya

    my mom makes this recipe i the same way except for the garam masala….! this is a delicious dish !

  • Mani

    I tried this today and it was good..

    Just that my version turned out to be a bit watery!

    Thanks for this recipe!

  • Mani

    I tried this today and it was good..

    Just that my version turned out to be a bit watery!

    Thanks for this recipe!

  • sirisha

    thank u for a tasty recipe with bottlegourd


    Sailaja Garu,
    Thank you very much for giving us tasty recipe with bottle gourd. Our son who is in USA is following your blog and tasting the Indian(Andhra) foods by preparing himself. Thank you so much.