Padavalakai Palya/Snake Gourd Stir Fry

Stir fry is one simple dish which goes well with rotis and rice. There are different ways to prepare stir fry by using different ingredients. Here is one easy way to prepare snake gourd stir fry.



  • Snake Gourd- 1 cup, chopped into half moon pieces
  • Onion- 1 small sized
  • Moong Dal- 2 tbs
  • Turmeric powder- 1/2 tbs
  • Green chilly- 2
  • Mustard- 1/2 tbs
  • Urad dal- 1/2 tbs
  • Curry leaves- 4
  • Oil- 2 tbs
  • salt
  • Grated coconut- 2 tbs


  1. Wash snake gourd, peel the skin and cut it into half moon shaped pieces.
  2. In a bowl, along with snake gourd pieces add little salt and moong dal. Keep it aside for 15 minutes.
  3. Take a deep pan and add 2 tbs of oil, mustard, urad dal , green chillies and curry leaves. Upon spluttering add onion and fry them till golden brown.
  4. Now squeeze the water from vegetable and transfer the content from the bowl into the pan (Snake gourd will leave water when it is added with salt and kept to settle)
  5. Add turmeric and keep stirring the contents of the pan for 5- 10 minutes. If needed add 2 tbs of water.
  6. Garnish with grated coconut and serve it hot with rice or chapathi.

Paduvalakayi palya/ Snake gaurd stir fry

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.