Snake Gourd

The snake gourd, also known as Chinese cucumber, occupies an important place among vegetables in India. Snake gourd is a very nutritious vegetable. Snake gourd is a natural antibiotic, expectorant, and laxative. Common names include serpent gourd, chichinga, and padwal. It is known as chichindo in Nepali, chhachindra in Oriya, chichinga or chichinge in Bengali, purla in Sambalpuri language, potlakaaya in Telugu, pathola in Sinhala, pudalangai in Tamil, dhunduli in Assamese, paduvalakaayi in Kannada and padavalanga in Malayalam.

Pudalangai Poriyal (Snake Gourd Fry)
Snake Gourd

Pudalangai Poriyal (Snake Gourd Fry)

Snake Gourd or Pudalangai is a popular South Indian vegetable often used to make kootu. It is low in calories, rich in fiber, calcium, magnesium and is good for those suffering from diabetics and heart diseases. Ingredients: Pudalangai (Snake Gourd) – 500 gms Oil – 1 tblsp Turmeric Powder – […]

Pudalangai Raita (Snake Gourd Raita)
Raita, Snake Gourd

Pudalangai Raita (Snake Gourd Raita)

A simple and easy to make raita especially during the hot summer days. Rich in nutrients, this can be served along side rotis, rice or biryani items. Ingredients: Snake Gourd (Pudalangai) – 2 Curd – 2 cups, thick Green Chillies – 4 to 5, slit Sambar Onions (Shallots) – 15 […]

Pudalangai Bajji
Snacks, Snake Gourd

Pudalangai Bajji

Pudalangai Bajji (or Snake Gourd Fritters) is a popular teatime snack across South India. Simple and easy to make, the snake gourd pieces are dipped in a batter and deep fried until crispy and golden brown. Best served with a chutney of choice. Ingredients: Rice Flour – 1 cup Gram […]

Snake Gourd
Pulao, Snake Gourd

Pudalangai (Snake Gourd) Pulao

Ingredients: Pudalangai – 2, small, sliced Basmati Rice – 1 cup Moong Dal – 50 gms Bengal Gram Dal – 50 gms Tomatoes – 2 Ginger – 1 tsp, grated Green Chilli Paste – 1 tsp Ghee – 1 tblsp Mint Leaves – 2 tblsp, ground Coriander Leaves – 2 […]

Snake Gourd
Kootu, Snake Gourd

Milakootal (Kootu)

Ingredients: Pudalangai (Snake Gourd) – 1 cup, chopped Moong Dal – 1/4 cup Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp Coconut – 4 tsp, grated Green Chillies – 3 Black Peppercorns – 1 tsp Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp Mustard Seeds – 1/4 tsp Curry Leaves – few Oil as required Salt […]