Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Snake Gourd Bhaji

Did you notice that all of my pictures are starting to look the same? You look at one bhaji or curry picture of mine, you just may have seen them all! Nothing new or different in the layouts. Same old, same old. It is official! I'm in a picture-rut right now!! Let's hope I get my groove back and soon. And hey, I'm cooking. And posting too! I should be happy about that, right? :)

This bhaji started off with trying to re-create this curry. Ended with something slightly different, with the addition of peanuts and palya powder.

Snake Gourd Curry


1/2 kg snake gourd/padvalkayi,
1 onion (medium) chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped fine
1/4 tsp tamarind paste
1 tsp palya pudi
salt to taste

For the masala (roast and grind to a powder):
2 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp peanuts
2-3 red chilies
1 tsp rice

For the tadka:
1 tsp oil
mustard seeds

In a pressure pan/cooker, do the tadka. When the seeds crackle, add garlic, then onion and saute for a minute or two. Add chopped gourd, the ground masala, a few teaspoons of water and mix well. Close the lid of the pressure and cook for one whistle. Add palya powder, tamarind and salt. Serve with rotis.


Pavani said...

Addition of peanuts & sesame seeds to snake gourd dish is new to me.. I'm sure it tasted delicious. Will have to give ur version a try.
Wish you and your family a very Happy Deepavali.

Asha said...

Happy Deepavali to all of you, enjoy. Nothing special goes on here as you know, boring.Wish I could get Padavalakai here, looks yum.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Adv Diwali wishes to u too...Looks gud perfect for sambar and curd rice

Jayalaxmi said...

Looks delicious and healthy too!

Priya said...

Bhaji looks wonderful..Happy diwali wishes to u and ur family..

Kairali sisters said...

Wish you and your family a very happy Diwali...

indosungod said...

I had snake gourd plant in the garden and I have started to really like the vegetable. Winter has set in and there is no more of them. The bhaji sounds delicious.

Anukampa said...

wow..have never tasted with sesame seeds and peanuts..worth trying for sure..great work vani.

Vani said...

Thanks for the comments, all! :)

Dr.Sameena Prathap

Hi Vani,

The snake gourd preparation looks yummy...I make it the same way...:)Do drop by my blog when you find time...:)



n33ma said...

Looks nice.good click.

Sushma Mallya said...

Simple and tasty...

Shobha said...

First time here..nice blog.
I have never made snake gourd curry...will try this one.

Vani said...

Neema, Sush - thanks :)

Shobha - welcome! and thanks :)