09 June 2013

Snake Gourd Curry

Snake gourd which belongs to the cucumber family, is a very commonly used creeper found in most of the Indian cooking. Its appearance resembling a snake gives its name to this vegetable. Snake gourd is very healthy for consumption. Snake gourd doesn't have a taste of its own, it is quite bland. Hence it gives us the advantage to add any kind of spices to it, to derive various taste we want from it, to suite our taste buds. This can be made in numerous ways like dry curry, kootu, soups and gravy curries etc.

English Name: Snake gourd / Tamil Name: Podalangai / Telgu Name: Potlakaya / Hindi Name:  Chachinda / Kannada Name: Padavalakai 

Health Benefits of Snake Gourd:

1. This vegetable has high water content and has a good cooling to the body.
2. Low on calories and high on fiber.
3. Good source of mineral like magnesium, potassium and calcium.
4. Snake gourd juice treats constipation and palpitation.
5. Snake gourd juice is effective in treating dandruff, it's juice when regularly applied on the dandruff affected areas, provides remedy.
6. During pregnancy, ladies are advice to take more water content food in their diet, hence this is vegetable is very much recommended for pregnant ladies.


Snake gourd - 1 cup (chopped to thin pieces)
Coconut - 1 /2 cup
Salt - 2 tsp
Seasoning Ingredients: Coconut oil - 1 tsp, mustard seeds - 1 tsp, broken urud dhal - 1 tsp, channa dhal - 1 tsp, green chillies - 4 (chopped to small pieces), curry leaves - 10, hing - 1/2 tsp


1. In kadai/non-stick pan, add the seasoning ingredients and fry until the mustards splutter and the dhals turn light brown.

2. Add the chopped snake gourd and mix well. Add 1/2 glass of water and close the pan/kadai and allow the vegetable to cook 90%, in between open and stir and add required salt. This will take about 10-12 minutes.

3. When the vegetable is mostly cooked and all the water is completely evaporated, add the coconut and mix well and remove.


1. If the water evaporates completely before the vegetable is fully cooked, then add little more water and cook.
2. When you taste the snake gourd, slight crunchiness should be there. It shouldn't be too soft and over cooked/over mashed.
3. Using coconut oil while seasoning, adds up the flavor to this curry.

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