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Snake Gourd Recipe

    Snake Gourd Recipe | How to Make Padawal

    Snake Gourd Recipe | How to Make Padawal – Step by step image instructions to make Snake Gourd. In Marathi it is called Padwal. Snake gourd is also know as pudalangai, potlakaya, padavalakai and of course padwal. In my house my aunt is a pure vegetarian and she like snake gourd curry very much, so my uncle always called this recipe snake food in India in a sarcastic way.

    snake gourd Curry
    snake gourd Curry
    • Serve For : 2 People
    • Preparation Time : 5 Minutes
    • Cooking Time : 15 Minutes
    • Total Time : 20 Minutes

    When first time when I heard the name of this vegetable my question was what is snake gourd in hindi? then the topic started in my house, and after a deep discussion I come to know that, Snake gourde means chichinda in hindi. After that I fix my own word / name for this vegetable, because it is looks like snake I used to called it snake vegetable. This vegetable has a protein.

    If your wondering how to cook snake gourd then explore this recipe. I am sharing with you step by step preparation to make padwal. This is very easy and healthy recipe too. Basically this preparation made by using very less ingredients. There are other preparation is also available like stir fry, curry or added in a chutney or curd.

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    The taste of this vegetable is pretty bland and smell is also strong. I love the taste and smell too, but while choosing the good Padwal is very important to choose young and fresh one, because the older one is hard to cook and taste is also bitter. Basically in south India this preparation is served as side dish with samabar or rasam, but in west and North India you will find the preparation served with roti, bhakri or dal-rice.

    Ingredients for Snake Gourd (Padwal) Recipe

    • 250 gram Snake Gourd
    • 1/3 Bowl Tur dal
    • 1 Chopped onion
    • 4-5 Chopped green chili
    • 1 tsp Cumin and mustered seeds
    • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
    • 1 tsp coriander powder
    • 1/2 tsp Garam masala
    • 1 tsp Chopped coriander leaves
    • salt

    Process for Snake Gourd (Padwal)

    Cut the veggies
    Cut the veggies

    Step 1: Take a snake gourd and wash it well, then scratch out the inside seeds of it, cut it in thin slices. Then cut onion, green chili and coriander leaves. Add salt on chopped snake gourd, rub it on it and keep it aside. Take tur dal and soak it into a water.

    Fried Onion
    Fried Onion and chili

    Step 2: Take a pan and heat the oil. Add cumin and mustered seeds and let it spluttered in oil, after that add chopped green chili and onion in oil, fry until it will get a smooth texture.

    Dal boiled
    Dal boiled

    Step 3: Now add turmeric powder, salt and coriander powder, mix it well and then add water soaked tur dal in it. Fry it well. After 2 minutes add 2 cup of water and gram masala in it, cover it and cook tur dal well.

     snake gourd added in pan
    snake gourd added in pan

    Step 4: Let’s check the tur dal is cooked or not, if it is cooked then add snake gourd in this mixture. Mix it well and cover it for anther 5 minutes. Check after 5 minutes, if it not cooked then cover it again and cook for another 2 minutes.

    Snake gourd curry is ready. Serve this with roti, also make a salad. Basically I like salad made by using palak, onion, tomato, red chili powder, oil and salt. It is a good fit with this recipe.

    Additional Instructions

    • After adding and rubbing the salt on padwal keep it aside till your mixture get ready. Remember it is not a marination process.
    • While adding a padwal in a mixture don’t wash the rubbed salt, add as it is.
    • Because of adding and rubbing salt, it is decrees the bitter taste of it, if it is there.

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    4 thoughts on “Snake Gourd Recipe

    • Is it actually made from snake? Are there snake bites?

      • No.. Snake gourd is a vegetable, scientific name is ‘Trichosanthes cucumerina’.

        • Why the name? I ask because my dad used to eat snake on his travels. He’s adventurous in his cuisine

          • Ohh woww..that’s great!… Actually this vegetable looks like snake. I told you about name because I think it will give you a clear idea. And many thanks for stopping by my blog.


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