Bottle Gourd (Calabash, Churaykka, Lauki or Sorakkai)

Bottle Gourd (Calabash, Churaykka, Lauki or Sorakkai)

Lagenaria siceraria, also known as squash, bottle gourd or long melon is a vine grown for its fruit, which can be harvested young and used as a vegetable.

Sodium 2 mg,
Potassium 150 mg,
Total Carbohydrate 3.4g,
Dietary fiber 0.5g,
protein 0.6g,
Calcium 2%,
Vitamin C 16%
Magnesium 2%


  • Enormous impact on the treatment of high blood pressure and heart disease.
  • Helps to balance liver function.
  • The juice from the leaves help cure jaundice and the juice from the gourd helps reduce graying of hair.
  • The gourd juice helps treat burning sensation in the urinary passage if consumed with lime juice.
  • Reduces fatigue and keeps you fresh, especially during summer.
  • Helps fight constipation, as it is fiber rich.
  • Ayurveda also recommends the juice of this gourd in the treatment of acidity, indigestion and ulcers as it serves as an alkaline mixture.
  • A nerve tonic.
  • It is rich in, thiamin, vitamin C, zinc, iron and magnesium.
  • The juice from bottle gourd leaf helps in curing baldness and aids in preventing tooth decay.

Healthy Recipe;  Churaka vanpayar Thoran

  • Churakka (Bottle gourd) – 1 kg
  • (Finely chopped)
  • Van payar (Black eyed beans) – 200 gm
  • Jeera – ¼ tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Garlic – 5 nos,
  • Plain raw rice grains – 2 tbsp
  • Coconut oil – 3 tbsp
  • Dry red chillies (Kollamulaku) – 2 nos

Peel off the skin and deseed the bottle gourd.  Clean it well and chop it finely.
Clean the vanpayar and cook it separately in a pressure cooker.
Place the grated coconut, cumin seeds, green chillies, garlic, and turmeric powder and curry leaves in a mixer bowl and run it once to get a coarse form.
Mix the above with the finely chopped gourd and salt.
Heat oil in a pan or a kadai.
Splutter mustard seeds and saute dry red chillies, raw rice grains and curry leaves.
Add the gourd-coconut mixture and mix well.
Cover and cook on a low flame. Stir occasionally.
After 2 to 3 mins, remove the lid, add the cooked van payar and mix well again.  Continue to cook, till done.

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