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Sorakaaya Thapilentlu- Andhra Breakfast Recipe

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Sorakaya ThapilentluSorakaaya Thapilentlu is a simple to make breakfast/ snack from Andhra. This is my mom’s recipe. I simply LOVE this with Dal and Malai.








  • Bottle gourd (grated) – 330 gms.
  • Curry Leaves – handful.
  • Fresh coconut (grated) – 1 Tbsp
  • Onion  – 1 small
  • Green chillies – 8 or to taste
  • Cilantro – handful.
  • Rice flour – 2 Cups
  • Chana dal(wash and soak in enough water for 10 mins)  – 3 Tbsp
  • Cumin Seeds – 2 tsp
  • Oil – for shallow frying.
  • Salt – to taste


  • Grate the bottle gourd and keep in a big mixing bowl.
  • Add salt and mix well with the grated bottle gourd. Keep aside while grinding other ingredients:
  • In a food processor, add coconut, green chillies, cilantro, curry leaves, cumin seeds, onion.
  • Process the ingredients till you get a coarse mixture. Just run the processor in PULSE mode to achieve this consistency. Keep it aside.
  • Now squeeze the water from the Bottle Gourd and save the water separately.
  • Have the bottle gourd in a big bowl and the rice flour, soaked chana dal and the blended mixture.
  • Mix all the ingredients well and make a stiff and tight dough using some of the squeezed water that we saved earlier.
  • Heat some oil (1 inch from the bottom of  the pan) in an aluminum pan.
  • Meanwhile, shape them into small 1 1/2 inch balls and keep them covered, so they don’t dry out.
  • Press the dumplings by placing them in between some plastic sheets to get small 4 inch thapilentlu.
  • Make a hole at the center of the thapilentu, so that it is easy while frying to flip the sides.
  • Shape 4 -5 thapilentlu and stick each thapilentu to the sides of the pan such that half of the thapilentu should be in the oil and half to the sides of the pan.
  • Similarly stick 4 thapilentlu.
  • Cove the pan and fry on LOW – MED till you see golden color on the edges.
  • Flip them and fry on the other side for 2 mins, making sure they stay to the walls of the pan all the time.
  • Once done, pull them out from the oil and remove them from the pan.
  • Repeat the process of shaping and frying with the remaining dough.
  • Serve them hot or at room temperature with Dal and/ or Malai.














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  1. Bhavika

    love it very well explained
    thank you so much for sharing it

  2. Bhavika

    Hi shruti,
    love you recipe, great for kid’s school lunch
    I just need to know how to make like roti instead of frying

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