Choranga Puzhungiyathu ~ Bottlegourd in Coconut Milk

I’ve been playing along with the design of my blog for the past few days, and I finally seem to have settled down with the current one. However, I am not satisfied with the background. That is fine for the time being – I think I should take a break with all the blogger gadgets and just relax. I have to force myself to be 100% satisfied with what I have come out with now! 🙂


I guess this is the last post – not really, there is one more recipe, but then I would like to put that up with a better picture! – that will be taken from my previous blog, Me n my blues, which is literally an ignored piece now. Maybe I will post once in a while, but I intend to be active on this one for the time to come. I hope I am able to keep up my interest and keep posting! Sometimes, when I see other blogs, I get intimidated by their array of recipes, yet I remind myself that they started from humble beginnings and I should focus on humbly beginning mine and work towards taking it forward. I also have to take into account my time constraints – most of the time, I blog during my free time at work! I do the draft at home by stealing time from the kids, otherwise they would be all over my laptop and then do the top portion write up during my lunch break. A perfect stress buster!!!

Kaddu – Image souce Google


Without any more, let me go to today’s recipe, which is again my umma’s special. It is a very simple yet flavorful vegetable dish, which goes very well with rice and a spicy curry. There is nothing much complicated in here, just a very simple vegetable and very little ingredients, but this thing tastes awesome. I seriously don’t know what this is called in Malayalam!! I ask my mom and she says, “thinnal pore?” (isn’t it enough that you eat?). So I have to be satisfied with the English name I put for it.

5 from 1 vote

Bottle-gourd in Coconut Milk

Course Afternoon Side
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • One meduim kaddu/ bottle gourd peeled, deseeded and diced into medium sized pieces
  • 3-4 green chilies slit (to increase for more spice!)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • Salt to taste
  • To temper:
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2-3 dry chillies
  • Curry leaves as required


  • Place all the first five ingredients into a pressure cooker. Close the lid and cook it for 1 whistle, Lower the flame and leave it for 10 minutes, then switch off and allow the pressure to go by itself. Open the lid and check for seasoning and presence of more liquid. If the liquid content is high, then switch on the flame again and cook on medium-high flame till most of the liquid evaporates - not necessary to dry it up completely.
  • In a small saucepan, heat the oil, splutter the mustard seed, fry the dry chillies and curry leaves for half a minute and dump it into the prepared kaddu. Enjoy with your afternoon meal!!!

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  1. Thanks for stopping by I am now following you.


    1. thank you navin!!

  2. This looks and sounds delicious and your blog is very nicely done. I hope you are having a great weekend.Blessings…Mary

    1. thank you so much ma'am for your kind comments… I am humbled!!! 🙂

  3. haha I love ur mom's reply, very funny! Your blog looks good. I also like to keep changing my blog template ( way too often!) then find something that I am comfortable with. Btw, how do I follow ur blog, I cant see any google cnnect or email subsccription button..

    1. thank u jehanne for coming over… i do have a follow button as well as the google connect on the right hand side of my blog… I am trying to add u on google plus but can't track u… 🙁

  4. thank you so much for visiting my little ur new follower now:)

    1. hi sireesha… i am very new to this area and u r one of the good sites that i have come across… thank u so much for following!!! 🙂

    2. My pleasure dear….you made it very neat in such a quick time..all the very best and reach us if u need any help:)

    3. Really appreciate ur kind comments!!! 🙂

  5. Thanks for visiting my space Rafeeda, you have a beautiful blog too, this dish looks fabulous and a prefect pair for rotis.

    1. thank u so much priya… 🙂

  6. This is such a mild and beautiful curry!

    1. yes, dear… really simple!! thank u for your comments! 🙂

  7. Simple and tasty! Thanks so much for stopping by and joining in my blog. Will be back to discover more…

    1. thank you for your time, dear… hope to see more of ur page too… 🙂

  8. You have fabulous space… Keep Rocking… Glad to follow u…

    1. thank u for coming in, dear… 🙂

  9. yummy n tempting curry Rafeee

    1. thank u dear!

  10. I think this blog design is attractive and free from clutter…sometimes I also play with themes,gadgets for many hours,but still not satisfied… 🙂
    This curry sounds delicious,we like curry with coconut milk…
    Glad to be your new follower…

    1. thank u so much amy… i still have loads to go, learning from seasoned bloggers like you… 🙂 thank you for your kind comments!!!

  11. Wow! What a colour! Simply superb.

    1. thank u asiya… 🙂

  12. Thank you so much for stopping by you have a wonderful space,glad to follow you dear…BTW the curry looks simply delicious and healthy….

    1. thank you so much, nalini!!! 🙂

  13. Hey, thanks for stopping by :). I make curry with lauki but have not tried with coconut milk…bookmarked!!

    1. Thank u Nisa 4 ur lovely comments! 🙂

  14. I recently changed my blog header and background color …Your space looks clean and neat..I love lauki curries

    1. thank u for your kind comments! 🙂

  15. Hi, first time here, you have a lovely space here, happy to follow you.

    A very different curry, will try it soon.

    Spill the Spices

    1. thank you for coming over, dear… will visit ur space and follow u too… 🙂

  16. simple and yummy curry , i wondered wht to do differently with this veg.u r recipe is nice.

    Thanks for your lovely comments.Happy to follow you.

    1. thank u for your comments… 🙂

  17. Kapil Gupta says:

    5 stars
    Rarely leave comments, though this one had been such a life saver. One of the easiest things to make, and tastes real good. I throw in north Indian tomato chutney with this, and literally no time needed to cook food.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I am so glad that you tried it and loved it! Yes I agree that all you need is this and a tomato chutney with some rice… Thank you so much for leaving your feedbak…

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