Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Potlakaya (Snake Gourd)

Snake gourd is one of those vegetables (fresh ones') that we dont get at our local grocer's. Of late, our grocer has been stocking up most of the Indian vegetables, in frozen form and Snake gourd was one of the latest additions in his freezer. "After a long time....." I thought, and so, a pack made its way into my kitchen.......


3 cups of snake gourd pieces (I used frozen, 12 oz pack – cut the rings into ½” pieces)
1 medium onion, finely chopped
½ tsp cumin seeds
1 dried red chillie, broken into pieces
4 curry leaves
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 green chillies, slit lengthwise
1/4 tsp turmeric
Salt to taste
3 tsp fresh, grated coconut
1 tbsp oil

Heat oil in a saucepan, add seasoning of cumin seeds, red chillie and curry leaves. Add chopped onion and garlic, sauté until onion turns translucent. Add vegetable pieces, green chillies, salt & turmeric. Sauté & cook on medium heat, until the vegetable pieces turn soft (takes approx. 15-20 minutes.) Add fresh, grated coconut, sauté for a couple of minutes and turn the stove off. This variety is perfect as a side dish or as an accompaniment for rotis.

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