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Bottle Gourd Pudding / Sorakaya Payasam/Dudhi Kheer

Ah .. the Bottle Gourd.. Sorakaya.. Anapakaya.. Dudhi..Lauki..Opo.. whatever you call it.. is such a yummy vegetable. If you are a reader on my blog, then you would know how much I love it(and so does my family). It is so versatile as you can see from the different kinds of recipes you can make with it. This is the bottle gourd dessert thats a hit with any crowd. I made this for a PotLuck dinner over the weekend, so thats why you see the proportions are enough to feed a few families :) Please adjust as per your needs.

1 small Bottle Gourd/Dudhi/Lauki (finely grated)
1/2 Gallon Whole Milk (or about 1.5 litres)

1 can Carnation Sweetened condensed milk(14oz)
1 cup Tapioca/Sago/Sabudana/Saggu Biyyam (soaked in about 2 cups of water)
1/2 cup rice (cooked)
2 Tbsp Sugar
3 Cardamom (de-skinned, powdered)
2 Tbsp Ghee (Clarified butter)

For Garnish:
Blanched Almonds
Golden Raisins
Cashews, Pistachios and any other nuts you like.


In a sauce pan, add 1 Tbsp of Ghee, add the grated bottle gourd and saute a little bit for about 5 minutes. And sugar to this and stir.
Add the milk and let the vegetable cook in it. Add the cardamom powder After about 5 minutes, add the sago along with the water. Stir frequently to make sure the milk doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.
Cook on low heat until the bottle gourd and the sago is cooked completely, stirring to make sure the milk layer isn't browning in the bottom of the pan. Takes about 15-20 minutes.
Add the condensed milk . Add the cooked rice stir and continue cooking.

Simmer to desired consistency. You dont want to make it too thick when its hot. It should be of running consistency when you turn the heat off. After it cools, it becomes much thicker but it should still be of a flowy consistency thats served in bowls. Refrigerate and wait until its cold. I usually make it 12 hours ahead of time to give it enough time to be chilled.

Just before you are ready to serve, take a small frying pan, put the remaining ghee, warm it and add the nuts and raisins to it. Add it to the pudding and serve .

Serves about 10-12 people. Enjoy !

Submitted to the Vow-Bottle Gourd event organized by My Creative Ideas.
This recipe goes to the WYF - Party Food Event hosted by EC @ Simple Indian Food.


Dhivya said...

sounds great!

Dhivya said...

sounds great!

Medhaa said...

oh god, everyone is posting recipes for bitter gourd for Poojas event and I actually first read this as Bitter Gourd Pudding and was like can we do that too.. and dropped by to see how.. Am so glad to later realize that it is using bottle gourd. Thank you for sharing this recipe Pallavi.

Pallavi said...

Medhaa : That's pretty funny .. ! I think that would kind of be my response to a Bitter Gourd Kheer too :)) But anyway.. I am glad that made you visit here anyway.. :) I havent yet gotten into the events thing a whole lot yet.. ! Right now being able to post is my challenge every day..

Dhivya : Thank you.. :)

Just added the pics ..

ANJALI J. said...

Thats amazing.. never heard of this recipe.. sounds delicious.. will try that soon

Sagari said...

deleciouss payasam pallavi

Pallavi said...

Anjali j: Thanks ! Do let me know how it goes.

Sagari : Thank you :)

Saswati said...

Pallavi I must say this kheer looks yum...iam sure going to try first time here :)

Pallavi said...

Welcome Saswati ! Nice name. I hope you are liking it here. Let me know how you like it after the trial.

Thanks for visiting ! Will hope to see you again..

Kalai said...

Love this idea!!! Nice one, Pallavi! :)

Pallavi said...

Hi Kalai : Thank you. It was yummy !

Pooja said...

this looks so yummy :) .Nice pudding with BG .

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