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.
1 Tsp… Turmeric powder
1 Tsp…Red Chilly powder [Adjust if the green chilly is too hot]
1 Tsp… Jeera
A pinch of asafoetida or hing
Lemon juice [Optional]
- 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.