Snake Gourd Dal

Snake Gourd might appear as a cross between a Bottle Gourd and Ridge Gourd, IMHO.

This humble vegetable needs to be peeled, seeds removed and the remaining flesh chopped. You can then flavour it with the spices you like. I made a dal out of it. It was hassle free and easy.

You shall need: [Feeds 2]

2 Medium Size… Snake Gourds [Peeled, cored and diced]

1 Medium Size… Tomato [Chopped]

1…Small onion [finely chopped]

1.. Green chilly [Chopped]

3/4 Cup… Tuvar Dal [split pigeon peas]- Soaked in warm water for 15 min.

Salt

1 Tsp… Turmeric powder

1 Tsp…Red Chilly powder [Adjust if the green chilly is too hot]

1 Tbsp…Ghee

1 Tsp… Jeera

A pinch of asafoetida or hing

Lemon juice [Optional]

Method:

  • Boil the soaked dal and snake gourd with some salt and turmeric in a pressure cooker. [2 whistles on full flame and 2 on slow flame]
  • In a pan, heat the ghee and add the jeera and green chilly.
  • Add the onion and cook till it is translucent.
  • Add the tomatoes and some salt.
  • Pour the boiled dal in the pan and stir until it is amalgamated.
  • Cover the pan and cook it for 3-4 min or until the froth of the dal disappears.
  • Serve with Chapati, paratha, bhakri or steam rice.

Cheers.

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