Monday, February 28, 2011

Stuffed Snake Gourd

This is a recipe that I first tried several years ago... I found it intriguing because we usually make poriyal or kootu with Snake Gourd (Pudalangai) and so a stuffed version was something I wanted to try and we liked the end result. Unfortunately I can't recall what the source of this recipe is but am glad I noted it down, albeit with modifications I made and everytime I find tender snake gourds (which doesn't happen too often sadly), I try to make this dish.



Tender Snake gourds - 2, pith cleaned and cut into 2 inch pieces
Onion - 1 medium, chopped finely
Grated coconut - 1/3 cup
Besan - 2 to 3 tbsp
Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp, chopped finely
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp

1) Put snake gourds as a single layer in a microwaveable bowl, sprinkle some salt on them lightly, add about 2 tbsp water, cover and microwave for about 5 minutes until a bit tender (need not be fully cooked). The tips of the snake gourd (which can't be filled), can be chopped finely and included in the filling mixture.

2) For the Filling: Heat 1 tsp of oil and add the chopped onions (and chopped snakegourd, if any) fry them for a few minutes (no need to brown them), add salt, turmeric and chilli powder along with besan and fry for a few more minutes before switching off the stove. Now add the grated coconut and coriander leaves and mix well. The filling is ready.

3) Remove the pumpkin pieces from the microwaveable bowl and fill them with the stuffing mixture.

4) Heat a wide pan on medium with about 2 tsp of oil and carefully place each of the filled pumpkin pieces sideways as a single layer. Cover the top with a plate and add a few tbsp of water to the plate. Let this cook for a few minutes before carefully removing the plate and turning over the pumpkin pieces so they cook on the other side as well.

Serve as a dry curry with rice or eaten plain :)


  1. Awesome stuffed snake gourd, truly delicious..

  2. Yummy filling and looks tasty.

  3. the filling looks great..i have a similar one too in my blog..

  4. i have eaten stuffed snake gourd in a gravy, this reminds me. Love the coconut stuffing!

  5. very new recipe to me and love the filling masala.will try this soon

  6. New for me and looks very gud ...nice creation

  7. This is very new to me.. will try this for sure.nice step by step clicks :

  8. Thats totally new and amazing idea laavanya,wonerful it looks...Quite a refreshing dish from the usual kootu,poriyals with snake gourd!

  9. I have never tried this before so wil try it for sure

  10. Very creative recipe.Its nice if we can find snake gourd here.

  11. I've heard of this, though I'ven't tried it myself. Quite like the idea, not the hard work. :)

  12. I haven't had this stuffed version. Should be great side dish!

  13. the pic wise explanation is very nice! I have never made them. Sound nice for parties

  14. what a innovative idea .. i always make this with dal..will surely try this next time.


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