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Spicy Snake Gourd Curry

20 May

Potlakaya Senagapodem.

Snake gourd which has a mild sweet flavor is a everyday vegetable in south India. Here, snake gourd is cooked along with onions which takes longer time. Alternatively, snake gourd pieces can be boiled in small quantity of water till soft before adding to the talimpu. Roasted and spiced chana dal powder is used as a binding for this snake gourd curry.
Makes: 3 – 4 Servings


Snake Gourd 7 inch Long
Onion 1 Medium
Garlic 5 Pods
Chana Dal 1 tbsp
Fennel Seeds 1/2 tsp
Whole Red Chiles 2 – 3
Turmeric Powder a pinch
Drumstick Leaves a Small Handful (optional)
Salt to taste
Oil 1/2 tsp


Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves 6
Oil 1 tsp

Method of preparation:

Peel, remove ends, remove seeds and chop snake gourd into small pieces.
Peel and chop the onion.
Peel and slice the garlic cloves.
Remove stems, tear red chiles into small pieces and discard some of the seeds.

Heat a pan on low heat, roast chana dal and fennel seeds separately until aromatic.
Heat half a tsp of oil in a pan, add red chiles and fry till aromatic or till they change color.
Once cooled to room temperature, grind chana dal, fennel seeds and red chiles into fine powder using a spice blender.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When urad dal changes color, add garlic and onion.
Fry for a minute, add snake gourd pieces, turmeric powder and salt.
Fry another minute, add 1 – 1 1/2 cups of water or less to the snake gourd.
Cook covered on medium – low flame until snake gourd pieces turn soft.
Add more water if required to cook snake gourd and stir occasionally.
Once cooked, add ground spice powder and fry till almost all the moisture is gone.
Stir in drumstick leaves (if using) and serve spicy snake gourd with steamed rice or roti.
Notes: Don’t burn any of the roasting ingredients.

Suggestions: If snake gourd is little raw, add half a cup of water and cook covered on medium heat till snake gourd turns soft.
Variations: Add cumin seeds in place of fennel seeds for different taste. Snake Gourd in Yogurt, Snake Gourd Fritters,
Other Names: Dry serpent gourd curry, paduvalakaayi curry.