Anapakaya or Sorakaya Palu Posina Kura | Andhra Style Bottle Gourd Curry in Milk
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Anapakaya or Sorakaya Palu Posina Kura is a speciality from Andhra Pradesh. It is a mild curry where bottle-gourd (also called Lauki or Dudhi in India) is cooked in milk with mildest of spices.

Course: Main
Cuisine: Andhra Pradesh
Servings: 4 People
Author: Aruna
  • 400 Gms Lauki, Anapakaya, Sorakaya, or Bottle Gourd
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Udad Dal or Minapa Pappu
  • 1/2 tsp Chana Dal or Senaga Pappu
  • 1/4 tsp Jeera, Jeelakarra or Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Rai, Avalu, or Mustard Seeds
  • 2 or 3 Green Chillies
  • 2 Large Pinches Turmeric
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • A Few Curry Leaves
  • Salt to Taste
Cutting the Bottle Gourd, Anapakaya, or Sorakaya
  1. Peel the Anapakaya or bottle gourd.
  2. Cut in quarters (4 pieces) along the length.
  3. Discard the spongy portion in the centre and seeds, if any.
  4. Cut the anapakaya or bottle gourd into 1/2 inch pieces.
  5. Set aside.
Method to Make Anapakaya or Sorakaya Palu Posina Kura
  1. In a kadhai, over medium flame, heat the oil.
  2. Add the mustard seeds and wait till they splutter.
  3. Add the udad dal and chana dal.
  4. Fry till golden brown.
  5. Add the cumin seeds, curry leaves, slit green chillies, salt, and turmeric powder.
  6. Stir-fry for a few seconds.
  7. Add the anapakaya pieces.
  8. Stir-fry for 5 minutes.
  9. Add enough water to cover the anapakaya pieces.
  10. Cover and let cook till the anapakaya pieces are cooked. When done, the pieces will have a transparent look and be easy to cut with a spoon but not mushy.
  11. Turn the heat to low.
  12. Add the milk.
  13. Let the curry cook over low flame till the milk just starts to boil.
  14. Turn off the heat and let the curry rest for 10 minutes.
  15. Serve the Anapakaya or Sorakaya Palu Posina Kura with rotis or rice.
Recipe Notes

If you are afraid of the milk curdling, roast about 1/4 tsp of rice flour or gram flour and dissolve it in milk. Then use this milk to cook the Anapakaya or Sorakaya Palu Posina Kura.