Padavalakai Dal/ Snake gourd cooked in Yellow Lentils

Snake gourd is one tasty vegetable with sweetish tender flesh. It is versatile in the way it can be adapted into many recipes. But I have seen a lot of people who don’t like this long, thin and snaky looking vegetable. To get the perfect taste of vegetable you should prepare it in perfect way. You will have to scrape off the peel and take off the seeds before using it. Snake gourd dal is a simple recipe with common ingredients.

Snake gourd dal


  • Snake gourd- 1 cup (cleaned and chopped)
  • Yellow lentils- 1 cup
  • Green chilly- 2-3
  • Red chilly powder- 1/2 tbs (according you your taste)
  • Turmeric powder- 1/2 tbs
  • Tampering- ghee, cumin seeds, red chilly, asafoetida, curry leaves, mustard seeds


  1. Pressure cook yellow dal with turmeric powder and keep it aside.
  2. Now cook chopped snake gourd and green chillies with little water in a separate vessel for few minutes.
  3. Add cooked dal to this with red chilly powder and salt for taste. Let it cook for 5-8 minutes, add water if needed.
  4. Tamper it with the ingredients mentioned above and serve it with hot rice or chapathi.

Palak Dal/ Spinach with Yellow Lentils

Palak is one popular leafy vegetable used worldwide. I usually prepare chutney, palak paneer, palak dal and aloo palak. But I prefer indian red spinach to palak. Today’s recipe is very simple, but can also be prepared by adding extras to give flavors. Sometimes I add tomatoes and sometimes mashed potatoes to give it a different flavor.

Palak dal


Dal(Yellow lentils)- 1 cup

Palak – finely chopped 1 big cup

Green chilly- 3-4

Turmeric- 1/2 teaspoon

Tampering- Zeera, Mustard, Ghee, asafoetida


Cook dal and mash it nicely. Add chopped palak to a deep pan and mix with cooked dal and let it cook. Add turmeric, green chillies and salt while it is cooking (if you are adding tomatoes or mashed potatoes you can add now, or if you want to add onions, fry and add). When palak is cooked in dal, tamper it with the ingredients mentioned above. Now palak dal is ready to serve with piping hot rice.