Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Snake Gourd / Podalangai Poriyal

Snake Gourd is a low Calorie Vegetable. It creates a cooling effect in our body. In many Tamil Homes, Snake Gourd is made only as Kootu with Kadala Paruppu(Channa Dhal) or Kootu with Pasi Paruppu(Green Gram) and Coconut. I dont know the reason exactly why it is not made as Poriyal or Dry Curry. But I love to prepare and eat this one.. Hope you love too.
Here goes the recipe..
Snake Gourd ¼ kg
Pearl Onions 5
Curry Leaves 4
Grated Coconut 2-3 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1 tsp
Split Urad Dhal ¾ tsp

Slit Snake Gourd. Remove the seeds and the white cotton like portion inside.
Cut Snake Gourd into fine pieces (semicircular in shape).

Heat Oil in a Pan. When it is hot, add Mustard Seeds. When they complete popping up, reduce flame.
Now add Urad Dhal. Few seconds later, add Curry Leaves, Dried Red Chillies and Pearl Onions. Fry till the onions turn translucent.
Add Snake Gourd and Salt. Mix well. Fry till it is almost cooked stirring occasionally. Now add grated Coconut. Simmer for 3-5 minutes and serve hot.

Serves: 2-3
Serve with Cooked Rice and Sambar or any Kuzhambu.

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