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The snake gourd also known as Chinese cucumber is an important and very commonly consumed vegetable in India.  It is very nutritious vegetable.  It is a natural antibiotic, expectorant and laxative.  It creates a cooling effect in the body and it is a tonic for the heart. 

There are umpteen number of dishes we can make using this snake gourd.  It is absolutely delicious vegetable.  It is healthy to consume in our daily diet.  The dish I am posting today is very healthy.  The snake gourd is boiled and added to the yogurt sauce.  You can serve this with any south Indian meal like Rasam, sambar etc. 



Snake gourd - 2 medium sized
Channa dhal - 1/2 cup (soak and pressure cook)
Coconut grated - 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves - few
Yogurt - 1 1/2 cup (not very thick or very thin)
Green chillies - 2


Oil - 1/4 tsp
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Urad dhal - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves few



1.  Cut snake gourd into 2 halves.  Remove the seeds inside.  Chop them to small cubes.
2. Boil the snake gourd in water or microwave for 6 to 7 minutes.  It has to be soft but firm enough when you give a bite.
3. Pressure cook the Channa dhal.
4.  Now grind the green chillies and add to the yogurt along with little salt and give it a whisk.
5. In a mixing bowl add the boiled snake gourd, cooked Channa dhal, coconut and the yogurt dressing.
6. Now temper with mustard, Urad dhal and curry leaves.
7. Add chopped coriander leaves. Give a good mix and serve with south Indian meal.

Enjoy this cooling and healthy meal !

Suja Manoj  – (October 15, 2012 at 11:32 AM)  

New to me,unique recipe..thanks for sharing.

Angie's Recipes  – (October 15, 2012 at 11:46 AM)  

Looks absolutely delicious! Love your yogurt sauce.

Priya Suresh  – (October 15, 2012 at 2:52 PM)  

Never cooked snake gourd with yogurt, sounds fabulous and inviting.

chef and her kitchen  – (October 15, 2012 at 9:09 PM)  

That is my kind of comfort all the items der..

Anusha  – (October 15, 2012 at 9:48 PM)  

i make this pachadi too but i grate my gourd and this happens to be a personal favorite! great pics Pavitra

great-secret-of-life  – (October 16, 2012 at 12:46 AM)  

Looks So yummy! I do the same way too

Jeyashris Kitchen  – (October 16, 2012 at 1:55 AM)  

This is totally new to me. Wonderful presentation.

Suzanne  – (October 16, 2012 at 6:15 PM)  

I've never heard of snake gourd but it sounds intriguing.

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