Suraikkai Kothsu Recipe | Bottle Gourd Kothsu Recipe

Hot idlis and crispy dosas served with a generous amount of this kothsu taste heavenly would be an under statement. I learnt this recipe from my MIL. Back in my home, mom prepares delicious brinjal kothsu. Making kothsu with bottle gourd was new to me. Usually we add moong dal for kothsu but no dal is used in this recipe. Try this with idli/dosa and let me know how it turned out!


Bottle gourd was one of the first cultivated plants in the world grown for use as water containers and not primarily for food.

Cuisine : Indian
Category : Side dish for tiffin
Serves : 3

Preparation Time : 10 min
Cooking Time : 20 min


Pressure cook chopped bottle gourd, tomato, green chilli, cumin seeds, coriander leaves & blend to a paste → Heat oil in a pan → Add mustard, red chilli, chopped onions, curry leaves, asafoetida one by one → Saute till golden brown & add the bottle gourd mixture → Add salt & water (if required) → Bring it to a boil & serve.


• 300 g Bottle gourd
• 1 Tomato
• 1 Onion
• 2 Green chillies
• 1/4 tsp Cumin seeds
• 1 Red chilli
• 1/2 tsp Mustard
• 1/4 tsp Asafoetida
• 1 tbsp Oil
• Salt as required
• A few sprigs of Curry leaves
• A few sprigs of Coriander leaves

1. Peel and chop the bottle gourd. Chop the tomatoes.
2. Pressure cook the bottle gourd, tomatoes, green chillies, cumin seeds, coriander leaves and a cup of water till 2 whistles or until soft.
Suraikkai Gothsu - Step 1 - New
3. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard. Once it splutters, add the broken red chilli, chopped onions and curry leaves. Fry till golden brown.
Suraikkai Gothsu - Step 2 - New
4. Add asafoetida and mix well. Grind the pressure cooked bottle gourd mixture to a smooth paste and add. Add salt. Add water if required.
Suraikkai Gothsu - Step 3 - New
5. Bring it to a boil and serve.
Suraikkai Gothsu - Step 4 - New


  • Use tender bottle gourds for a good taste.
  • Discard the seeds if they are not tender. Otherwise you can use it.
  • You can use brinjal instead of bottle gourd and follow the same method.
  • You can add 2 tbsp of tamarind extract if required. If you are adding, adjust the quantity of tomatoes.

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