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Snake Gourd Moong Curry

25 Dec

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Potlakaya Pesarapappu Kura.

Snake gourd is chopped into circles and boiled in water till soft. Moong dal is boiled separately till soft but whole and added to the cooked snake gourd. Serve snake gourd with moong dal over steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Makes: around 3 Servings of Snake Gourd Moong Curry.

Ingredients:

Snake gourd 1 Large
Moong Dal 1/4 Cup
Green Chiles 2 – 4
Ginger 1 inch Piece
Turmeric Powder a Big Pinch
Salt to Taste

Talimpu:

Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Broken Dried Red Chiles 3 – 4
Asafoetida a Big Pinch
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Peel, wash and grate the ginger.
Discard the seeds and chop the snake gourd into small circles.

Wash moong dal in water and boil in a cup of water for around 15 minutes.
Once moong dal is translucent but whole and soft, strain it.
Remove stems, wash and finely chop the green chiles.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add green chiles and ginger.
Fry for few seconds, add cooked snake gourd and fry for couple of minutes.
Alternatively, if snake gourd is tender, cook covered in the pan till soft instead of boiling it.

Stir in cooked moong dal, turmeric powder and salt.
Fry for few minutes and remove from heat.
Serve snake gourd moong dal curry over plain steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Notes: Make sure moong dal is boiled well before adding to the pan.

Suggestions: Adjust spice with green chiles. If snake gourd is not cooked well, put the curry back on heat and cook covered on low flame till done. Add a splash of water if required.
Variations: Check other recipes with snake gourd here.
Other Names: Snake Gourd Moong Curry, Potlakaya Pesarapappu Kura.

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Snake Gourd Onion Chutney

11 Dec

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Potlakaya Ullipaya Pachadi.

Snake gourd is chopped up with skin and cooked in oil along with onion. They are then coarsely ground along with freshly roasted lentils and finished with talimpu. Serve snake gourd onion chutney with steamed rice.
Makes: around 3 Servings of Snake Gourd Onion Chutney.

Ingredients:

Snake Gourd 1 Small Size (around 8 inch long)
Onion 1 Small
Green Chiles 2 – 3
Salt to Taste
Oil 1 tsp

Talimpu:

Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Broken Dried Red Chiles 3 – 4
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 1/4 tsp

Method of preparation:

Wash, remove ends and chop snake gourd into small chunks.
Peel and dice the onion.
Remove stems, wash and roughly chop green chiles.

Heat few drops of oil in a pan, add chana dal and fry for few seconds.
Then add the urad dal and coriander seeds and fry for few more seconds till aromatic.
Grind the roasted ingredients into fine powder using a spice grinder.

Heat a tsp of oil in a pan, add chopped snake gourd and salt.
Add a splash of water and cook covered on low flame for few minutes.
Uncover, stir in green chiles and onion and cook covered again for couple of minutes.
Uncover and fry for a minute on medium flame.
Using a mortar and pestle, crush the cooked snake gourd and onion mixture with ground lentil powder and salt (if necessary).
Alternatively, add the snake gourd onion mixture to the grinder containing the ground lentil powder and pulse couple of times.
Once coarsely ground, remove the snake gourd onion chutney onto a bowl.

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, broken red chiles and curry leaves.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add the ground snake gourd chutney and stir well.
Remove from heat and serve snake gourd onion chutney with steamed rice.
Notes: Make sure snake gourd is cooked well.

Suggestions: You can slightly peel the snake gourd and discard the seeds if they are not soft enough.
Variations: Check other recipes with snake gourd here.
Other Names: Snake Gourd Onion Chutney, Potlakaya Ullipaya Pachadi.

Snake Gourd with Onion

1 Dec

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Potlakaya Ulli Karam.

Snake gourd is peeled and chopped into small pieces. They are then cooked in oil along with coarsely ground shallots and green chiles mixture. Serve snake gourd with onion over plain steamed rice or with roti.
Makes: around 2 Servings of Snake Gourd with Onion.

Ingredients:

Snake Gourd 1 Medium
Shallots 3 – 4
Green Chiles 2
Salt to Taste

Talimpu:

Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Peel, wash and remove the ends of snake gourd.
Discard the seeds and chop the snake gourd into small pieces.

Peel and roughly chop the shallots.
Wash, remove stems and roughly chop the green chiles.
Using mortar and pestle, thoroughly crush the onion and green chiles along with enough salt.
Alternatively, use a spice grinder and pulse the onion and green chiles couple of times.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add chopped snake gourd, ground onion green chile mixture and salt.
Cook covered on low flame for around 8 minutes.
Add few splashes of water if necessary and stir occasionally while cooking the snake gourd.
Once snake gourd turns soft, remove from heat.
Serve snake gourd with onion over plain steamed rice or with roti.
Notes: Make sure snake gourd is cooked well.

Suggestions: Adjust spice with green chiles.
Variations: Check other snake gourd recipes here.
Other Names: Snake Gourd with Onion, Potlakaya Ulli Karam.

Snake Gourd with Mustard Seeds

9 Aug

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Potalakaya Ava Pettina Kura.

Snake gourd is peeled and chopped. Raw mustard seeds are ground into fine powder. Snake gourd is cooked in oil along with whole spices till soft and is seasoned with mustard seeds powder. Serve snake gourd with mustard seeds over plain steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Makes: around 4 Servings of Snake Gourd with Mustard Seeds.

Ingredients:

Snake Gourd 1
Mustard Seeds 1 tsp
Tamarind 1 inch Piece
Turmeric Powder a big Pinch
Coarse Red Chile Powder 1/4 tsp
Salt to Taste

Talimpu:

Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Broken Dried Red Chiles 3 – 4
Asafoetida a Big Pinch
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Grind mustard seeds with a pinch of salt into fine powder.
Peel, remove ends and wash the snake gourd.
Discard the seeds and chop snake gourd into small pieces.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add snake gourd and tamarind.
Cook covered on low flame for around 5 minutes or until snake gourd is cooked.
Uncover, discard tamarind and stir in ground mustard seeds powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder and salt.
Remove from heat and serve snake gourd with mustard seeds over plain steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Notes: Make sure snake gourd is cooked well.

Suggestions: If snake gourd is not cooked well, cook covered on low flame till snake gourd turns soft but whole.
Variations: Alternatively, boil snake gourd in water till cooked and strain it. Check other snake gourd recipes here.
Other Names: Snake Gourd with Mustard Seeds, Potalakaya Ava Pettina Kura.

Snake Gourd with Peanuts

4 Aug

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Potlakaya Pallilu Nuvvulu Podi Kura.

Snake gourd is peeled and chopped. Raw peanuts, sesame seeds and lentils are roasted and is ground into fine powder. Snake gourd is cooked in oil along with spices till soft and is seasoned with freshly prepared peanuts sesame seeds powder. Serve snake gourd with peanuts over plain steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Makes: around 2 Servings of Snake Gourd with Peanuts.

Ingredients:

Snake Gourd 1 Long
Sesame Seeds 1 Tbsp
Raw Peanuts 2 Tbsps
Chana Dal 1 tsp
Coriander Seeds Powder 1/4 tsp
Red Chile Powder 1/8 tsp
Salt to Taste

Talimpu:

Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida a Big Pinch
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Roast the peanuts and sesame seeds separately till golden brown in color.
Grind peanuts, sesame seeds, chana dal, coriander powder, red chili powder and salt into powder.

Peel, remove ends and wash the snake gourd.
Discard the seeds and chop snake gourd into small pieces.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add chopped snake gourd.
Fry briefly and cook covered on low flame for around 5 minutes.
When snake gourd turns soft, add ground peanuts and sesame seeds powder.
Fry for a minute and remove from heat.
Serve snake gourd with peanuts over steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Notes: Make sure snake gourd is cooked well.

Suggestions: If snake gourd is not cooked well, cook covered on low flame till snake gourd turns soft but whole.
Variations: Check other snake gourd recipes here.
Other Names: Snake Gourd with Peanuts, Potlakaya Pallilu Nuvvulu Podi Kura.