Thursday, May 31, 2007

Snake gourd curry with green onions and channa dal

I am back with an entry for Nupur's A-Z of vegetables event - for 'S'. This is a delicious curry made with fresh snake gourd. I used green onions to give it a rich color and a light hint of onion in the background. The addition of channa dal makes it a nutritious side dish. This curry goes well with roti or plain rice.

Snake gourd curry

1 cup of chopped snake gourd pieces (I used a medium sized snake gourd)
1 bunch of spring onions - finely chopped
1/2 cup of channa dal - soaked in water for 2 hours
1 tsp of mustard seeds
1 tsp of jeera
1 tsp of red chilli powder
1 tsp of dhania powder
A pinch of turmeric powder
3 or 4 pods of garlic - crushed
Salt to taste
A few curry leaves
Cilantro for garnish

1. Pour oil in a pan and add the mustard. Once it splutters add the jeera, curry leaves and garlic.
2. Next add the green onions and saute until tender.
3. Drain the channa dal from the water and add to the onions. Saute for 2-3 minutes.
4. Next add the snake gourd pieces, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, dhania powder and salt and mix well.
5. Add 1/2 cup of water, cover and cook till the snake gourd pieces become tender.
6. Remove the lid and cook till the water evaporates.
7. Garnish with cilantro.


Roopa said...

looks nice viji! similar to kootu :)

Nupur said...

Ooh, that curry looks colorful and appetizing! I remember that it was made in a pretty similar way at my parents' place.

Sia said...

oh u r back... was thing why u haven't posted any new recipes:)
we dont get snake gourd here lakshmi:( bk in india i hated this veg and now i cant find it even if i want to:( looks really delicious...

FH said...

I got Snake gourd for the first time in yrs last week!:))
Looks great.Love the taste of Snake gourd.Lucky you get that easily there.Thanks for the recipe:)

Richa said...

yummy :)

Lakshmik said...

Hi Roopa

I think you got the name wrong.

Lakshmik said...

Thanks Nupur.

Lakshmik said...

Hi Sia

Check in Asian grocery stores, you might find it. Yes, I was a busy with a few things so could not post recipes. Though I keep clicking away every recipe I try.

Lakshmik said...

Thanks Asha. Back home we also make kootu with snake gourd. Tastes delicious.

Lakshmik said...

Thanks Richa.

Saju said...

that looks so tasty!

Lakshmik said...

Thanks Saju.

Prema Sundar said...

Hi Lakshmi ,
Snakeguard curry looks good .. I do it in a kootu type. thanks

Sharmi said...

very nice curry. I have had this in India. will make it sometime.

Priyanka said...

wow!!! my mom makes it with vaal dal. (i guess its called fieldbeans). but i dont like vaal, so this will be the perfect substitute for it. thanks for sharing the recipe.

Shivapriya said...

Hey Lakshmi
Its been longtime since you posted new recipe. Hope everything is fine @ur end.