Recipe for Quick Potlakaya (Snakegourd) Stir Fry

potlakaai or snake gourd is a hot favourite at out table…. its soft sweetish flesh is not just versatile in the way it can be adapted to many kinds of preparationsand it is easy to cook. the longish snake like look of this vegetable is a put off to many i know. the outer skin needs to be gently scraped, and once cut into 6 inch cylinders, it has to be slit so that the soft encasing inside that houses the seeds can be scraped off too… i usually do this with a teaspoon. i usually chop this vegetable smallish to reduce the cooking time….another trick is to steam it in the microwave oven for about 5 minutes to drastically reduce overal preparation time. this way, by the time the vegetable has been steamed, the seasonings and aromatics have been cooked and a quick stir later, the dish is ready to be served. this time i added a little of the sesame groundnut chutney powder to add another dimension to this simple dish.

snake gourd stir fry (serves 3)

3 c snake gourd, scraped, washed and chopped

2 T chopped onion

1 T chopped garlic

1 green chilli slit

2 T groundnut sesame podi

salt to taste

pinch of turmeric

2 T fresh grated coconut

1 t mustard seeds

1 t oil

a few curry leaves

in a micro oven bowl place the chopped vegetable, cover and steam in the microwave oven for 5 mins. in the menawhile, heat the oil and splutter the mustard seeds, add the green chillies, onions and garlic and fry for a couple of minutes till translucent. add the turmeric, salt and add the steamed snake gourd to the pan, stir and cover and cook for 2 minutes. uncover, add the podi, coocnut and curry leaves, stir, serve hot with rotis or rice and sambhar / dal.

13 Comments Add yours

  1. rashya alam says:

    super my fav always

  2. Ian says:

    Thank you for this recipe. I’m going to try it tonight.

  3. Karma says:

    Hi Arundati.,,,went through your recipes and the pictures look yummy and i bet they are as yum as they look…i seriously must visit you some day to taste your food….goodluck with many more cooking endevours!

  4. Aparna says:

    This looks a lot like the curry we make except for the garlic and that sesame peanut powder, which I’m sure makes it even better.

  5. Jude says:

    I want to make this just based on the name alone
    “What’s for dinner tonight?”
    “Snake Gourd Stir Fry”

    Sounds so cool 🙂

  6. Cynthia says:

    I can tell that that will taste good.

  7. Swapna says: was Goa? hope aunty had a great time… I used to eat snake gourd raw(years ago) dad’s uncle used to grow it in his garden and some were longer than me!

  8. Mallika says:

    I’ve never seen this veggie in London but it looks so good! I love simple side dishes like this.

  9. Uma says:

    ohh, delicious curry!

  10. Vaishali says:

    Snake gourd is one of my favorites when I can find it, and I make a similar version minus the garlic and sesame seed powder. Both additions sound just amazing and I am sure going to try it with those the next time. Thanks, Arundati.

  11. Looks too delicious..One of my favorite with dhall and rice..

  12. aparna says:

    I do it the same way. Looks yummy.

  13. Happy Cook says:

    I love this vegetable, when i was home we had this veggie a lot of time as all of us loved it.
    Here i don’t get them which is a real pityas you can make so many curried with it

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