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Besan Stuffed Snake Gourd

3 Nov

snakegourd_stuffed
Senagapindi Koorina Potlakaya Kura

Ingredients:

Snake Gourd 1 long
Besan / Gram Flour 1 cup
Onion 1
Cilantro few sprigs
Red Chile Powder 1 tsp
Garlic 5 pods
Salt to taste

Talimpu:

Urad Dal 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1/2 tsp
Broken Red Chiles 2
Curry Leaves 3
Oil 1 tsp

Method of preparation:

Clean, wash and finely chop cilantro.
Peel and finely chop onion.
Peel and lightly crush garlic pods.
Remove ends and lightly scrape snake gourd.
Chop snake gourd into app. ten 3 – inch long pieces and deseed each one of them.

In a mixing bowl, mix together besan, chopped onion, cilantro, red chile powder and salt into tight paste adding enough water.
Stuff each snake gourd piece with the prepared besan stuffing and keep aside.

Heat oil in a non stick pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order along with crushed garlic.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, slowly place stuffed snake gourd pieces.
Cook covered on low flame for 10 – 15 minutes by turning the snake gourd pieces occasionally to avoid burning.
Serve hot with steamed rice and dollop of ghee.

Notes: Make sure not to cook this besan stuffed snake gourd on high flame.