Bottlegourd with Sesame seeds curry

Bottlegourd is a vegetable most of the Indians are familiar with  and can be cooked in a variety of ways as a curry, sambar, dals.etc.This cooked with sesame seeds powder is my all time favourite.This is a simple yet delicious curry all Andhras are fond of.


  1. Bottle gourd – 1(medium)
  2. Green chillies – 3(optional)
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Oil – 2tsp
  5. Sesame seeds – 1cup
  6. Red Chillies – 5



For tempering:

  1. Chana dal – 1tsp
  2. Urad dal – 1tsp
  3. Mustard seeds – 1/2tsp
  4. Hing – pinch
  5. Cumin seeds – 1/4tsp
  6. Curry leaves – few


  • Peel and cut the bottlegourd into small pieces and boil them in pot of water.
  • Meanwhile dry fry the sesame seeds and red chillies.Let them cool and grind them into a powder.
  • Heat oil in a pan,add the tempering ingredients ,after the mustard starts spluttering add the boiled bottlegourd pieces ,green chillies ,salt and cook for 10min.
  • To this add 2tsp of ground sesame seeds powder and mix well and cook for another 5min.
  • This tastes good with rice or chapathis.


Do not pressure cook the bottlegourd pieces as they become too soft and mushy.

10 responses to this post.

  1. Looks delicious.Sesame seeds have a bitter taste if used too much though. Toasting it must make some difference!:))


  2. Posted by madhoori on July 6, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    Hi Asha,

    Thanku .Yes the sesame seeds do taste bitter without roasting them.Ground with red chillies sure makes a difference.


  3. Hmmm,i never tried this version because my amma keeps saying that sesam seeds generate lot of heat in the body, i make this cirry with milk,but i have a box of sesame seeds lying thee looking at me sadly from a long long time,so maybe its time to help them to be added to a curry:) will sure try this out


  4. Love it and the cabbage pickle. Thanks for sharing.


  5. Thanks for dropping by my blog. I did not check your message till today, sure you can add me to your buddy list. You don’t have to ask me, I am into this food blog world to make some good friends who can teach me some good recipes😉


  6. Posted by madhoori on July 12, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    Hi Hima and Alapana,
    Thanks a bunch for your valuable comments.


  7. that is a very nice recipe. can make it for lunch. going to try it out. and will let you know.


  8. Posted by madhoori on July 13, 2007 at 11:41 am

    Hi Sharmi,
    What a coincidence,I am still in your blog and I got a message from u.Seems like we both are online same time.
    Thanks for dropping by


  9. mm yummy curry madhoo!!this is my alltime favorite.


  10. Posted by madhoori on July 16, 2007 at 8:27 am

    Hi swapna,

    Thanku.Mine too.I think most of our recipes and tastes match closely.



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