Snake Gourd/ Podlangai Curry


Cut the snake gourd into half.Remove the seeds and soft pulp inside.If it is tender, don’t throw away the seeds and pulp  you can make pachadi out of it. cut the halved snakegourd into small slices.

Ingredients: Half kilo snake gourd,half  Tsp mustard grains,1Tsp Bengal gram/channadhal, 1 T sp black gram/urad dhal. pinch of hing,7-8 curry leaves,2 red chillies,2-3 spoons of oil for frying.2-3 tsp of desicated coconut.

Method1:In a non-stick pan add 2-3 tsp of oil and heat it. Add,mustard seed, hing, channa dhal, urad dhal,wait until the mustard crackles and the dhals turn golden brown, now add curry leaves and red chillies broken into pieces.mix once and add the cut snake gourd. Mix well and add 1/4 cup of water and let it cook for 8-10 minutes.

Mix well and add salt to taste and cook for few more minutes until done.Now add the desicated coconut.Mix once and switch of the heat. You can serve this as a side dish with Rice or Roti



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