Snake Gourd with Coconut Milk

3 Jun

Potlakaya Kobbari Palu.

Snake gourd is a fruit, used as a vegetable in India. A tempering also called talimpu / tarka is made with urad dal, cumin seeds, mustard seeds and curry leaves. Peeled and chopped snake gourd is then added to the tempering along with coconut milk and various ground spices. The snake gourd slowly cooks in the coconut milk till soft.
Makes: 4 – 5 Servings


Snake Gourd 7 inch Long
Freshly Scraped Coconut 1 Cup
Red Chilli Powder 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder 1 tsp
Cumin Powder 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder a pinch
Salt to taste


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

Method of preparation:

Grind coconut with half a cup of water till smooth.
Squeeze the ground coconut through the muslin cloth to extract coconut milk.
For second coconut extract, repeat the process with another half a cup of water.
Wash, remove ends, slightly peel off skin and chop snake gourd into small pieces.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When urad dal changes color, add snake gourd, second coconut extract, red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder and salt.
Cook covered on medium flame for 5 – 10 minutes and add first coconut extract.
Cook covered again till snake gourd turns soft. Add more water if required.
Serve snake gourd with coconut milk over plain steamed rice or roti.
Notes: Make sure snake gourd is cooked.

Suggestions: If snake gourd feels raw, add few tbsps of water and cook covered till soft.
Variations: Use skimmed milk instead of coconut milk for a variation. Also check Serpent Gourd with Chana Dal, Pudalankaai Curry, Snake Gourd Fritters.
Other Names: Padavalanga Curry, Paduvalakaayi Curry, Padwal with Coconut Milk.

2 Responses to “Snake Gourd with Coconut Milk”

  1. Happy Cook June 3, 2009 at 11:03 pm #

    This is one of my favourite veg, i always loves whenwe had this veg made in any way.
    Pity we don’t get this veg here. Looks so yumm.

  2. Padmini perera June 4, 2009 at 6:27 pm #

    The following method is also practiced.
    Sliced onion, crushed garlic, curry leaves, piece of Rampe (Pandanus sp), a few fengugreek seeds, a touch of turmeric powder along with thick coconut milk is partially cooked. Sliced snake gourd pieces are then added to the pan and cooked. It is important to note that the vegetable should not be over cooked. Switch off the fire and add a squeeze of lime juice.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: