Monday, June 26, 2006

Pudalangai Poriyal - Snake Gourd Curry

My liking for this vegetable grew considerably after coming here. Not sure why, perhaps we don't see these often in stores so it could be the rare stuff thing. They started showing up only for the past couple of months near our place. You can make yummy dishes with 'em like pudalangai-thayir kulambu/ yogurt curry, sambar and so on. It is still a relatively costly vegetable in our stores, but sure tastes good.

[ washed, peeled, unpeeled snake gourds ]

[ Seeds scooped out and sliced thin ]


Snake gourd/ Pudalangai - 2 sliced thin
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Urid Dal - 1 tsp
Red Chillies - 5
Sambar Powder - 1 tsp [optional]
Onion (medium size) - 1 chopped
Curry leaves few
Oil - 1 tblspn
Salt to taste
Shredded coconut - 1 tblspn [optional]

  1. Wash gourd and peel/scrape the outer skin with a knife. Cut lengthwise to scoop out seeds [they are not edible] and slice it thin as shown above.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and put mustard seeds and let it crackle. Add urid dal, curry leaves, red chilles, onion in the same order and saute it till it turns light golden brown in color.
  3. Add sliced gourd pieces, salt, sambar powder and mix everything; close the pan with a lid and let it cook in low-medium heat. You might want to add some shredded coconut.
  4. It is a good side dish for rice or any kind of bread.

Note: When I cook it with slow heat I don't add water. When you mix it with salt, gourd pieces yields enough water to cook it.
Here is Indiandoc's another nice version of snake gourd recipe, she listed out the medicinal uses too. Another good reason to love this vegetable.

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Blogger Vaishali said...

Hey Nila,
That's a great dish with snake gourd. I usually pair this veggie with pulses. Will also try cooking it with Sambar powder like you have done.

Tue Jun 27, 04:19:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Krithika said...

Nila, this is exactly how I make it minus the onion. I love this vegetable.

Tue Jun 27, 09:01:00 AM EDT  
Blogger sudhav said...

Thats a nice poriyal nila, i add in addition, fried and crushed groundnut to the poriyal and mom makes kuttu out of podalangai ...

Tue Jun 27, 09:42:00 AM EDT  
Blogger indianadoc said...

You too have blogged a snake gourd recipe...interesting...I had posted a few days back...Blogging is making our menu very interesting....with plenty of options...

Tue Jun 27, 09:55:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Nila said...

Vaishali: I make it with moong,toor dal too. Try it you will like it.
Krithika: Same here, my mom makes it with less onions or no onions too.
Sudha: I ate crushed peanuts version in my friends house. I know its yummy. :)
Indiandoc: Wow you have gathered excellent details in that post, it cures cancer too. One more reason to love this veggie,Isn't it?

Wed Jun 28, 01:32:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Thiruppathy Raja said...

Hi. Greetings. This post is really good and blog is really interesting. It gives good details.
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Fri Sep 03, 08:39:00 AM EDT  

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