Monday, November 2, 2009

Pudalangai Varuval

Pudalangai is the Tamil translation for Long gourd / snake gourd. Varuval means fry.

Snake gourd is an exotic Asian vegetable.
Other Names are Snake Gourd, potlakaaya (in Telugu), pathola (in Sinhalese), pudalankaai (in Tamil), dhunduli(in Assamese), paduvalakaayi (in Kannada) and padavalanga (in Malayalam).

Normally frying requires lot of oil, but not for this varuval. So here is a fry that goes fine with any dhal / sambar rice.

Fresh tender pudalangai:



Fried pudalangai:



Ingredients:
Tender pudalangai - 1/2 kg
Red onion - 1
fennel seed (sombu)- 1 tsp
oil - 1 tbsp
red chilly powder - 1 tsp
garam masal powder - 1/2 tsp (optional)
salt - to taste

Direction:

Gently rub the pudalangai with a knife and remove the very fine outer skin.
Wash and clean it.
Now halve it and remove all the seeds and stuffs inside.
Chop it into small pieces.

Chop the onion finely.

Heat oil in a wok. Add fennel seeds. When the fennel turns red, add the onion and saute for a minute.
Then add the chopped pudalangai and stir well.

Sprinkle some water. Add a little salt and cook covered till the vegetable is done.

Then add the red chilly powder, garam masal powder and stir till all the moisture is gone.

Pudalangai varuval is ready!

Serving suggestions:
Serve as side dish with roti , chapathi , sambar rice or curd rice.
The above said quantity can be served for 4 people.

22 comments:

Priya said...

Simple and easy varuval Viki..Looks prefect..

Sushma Mallya said...

Which vegetable is that,never seen it,but surely must be delicious and healthy

Anupama said...

This is a very different dish to me. Thanks for sharing!

Suparna said...

simple and comforting stir fry there viki :) liked the addition of saunf,makes the dish more flavourful.
TC

Sangeetha Subhash said...

oh this looks lovely and tasty!!!Nice step by step presentation.

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Sounds very easy....

Sarah Naveen said...

Varuval looks delicious..Perfect with Rice and a rasam

Sireesha said...

Simple and very delicious...

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Very yummy side dish for the tummy Viki

Tina said...

Never tried this..nice preparation.....

ann said...

Padavalanga is one veg i call 'supporting actor' in cooking..lol most often I make thoran (with coconut) and one other with daal and padavalanga..This is absolutely a great idea to use the veggie...would like to try.Thanks as always Viki Dear.

Prathibha said...

lovely n simple fry...

sowmya.s said...

never tried making it this way..sounds good..

Soma Pradhan said...

What is this snake gourd called in Hindi...I will carefully have a look at the grocery store next time at all vegetables...Never treid this one..loks yummy

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

easy and yummy one...

Nandini said...

Our regular dish in our house, but I dont add sombu. Next time I will try. Namma ooru pudalai pathu naeraiya naal aidichu (long one in light green)!

Viki's Kitchen said...

Thanks for the lovely comments my friends.
Thanks Ann. I too love to cook it with moong dhal. May be this is a regional recipe , to introduce this vegetable to kids.
Soma : The Hindi word for snake gourd is Chichinda.

Lebouffe said...

Cool..nice and simple !! -Naina

ARUNA said...

Easy, interesting and lovely dish!

Nostalgia said...

Great! Like it that you are using less oil..sounds quite healthy.

Superchef said...

nice and tasty!! i usually make this or sometimes with some coconut added to it also :)

Padhu said...

Simple and delicious pudalangai varuval.Will give it a try.