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Snake gourd palya / fry

Good day :) Along with the tomato saaru it was snake gourd fry for the lunch. It is extremely simple to make :) It takes some time to cook, but ingredients are really easy to remember. This palya / fry has a slightly sweet taste :) It is a very good combination with the spicy saaru :)

The recipe goes as follows :)

Ingredients (5-6 servings)

2 snake gourds (Chopped)
1 cup coconut (Grated)
2 tsp saaru powder (Refer here to make the saaru powder)
A little bigger than lemon sized jaggery
½ tsp of turmeric powder
2 cups of water
Salt to taste

NOTE: If you don't have saaru powder. Add 1 tsp of coriander powder, 1 tsp of cumin powder and 1 tsp of red chilli powder.


1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp urad dal
5-6 curry leaves (Better to be chopped)
2-3 tbsp ghee / cooking oil


You need to cut open the snake gourd as shown in following steps.

This is the snake gourd.

Take two of these kind.

Slit it into half (lengthwise)

Remove the inner soft white portion completely.

It will be as shown below.

Now chop these into small pieces as shown below.

Take a vessel and add oil / ghee. Let it heat. Then add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, curry leaves and wait till the mustard stops popping.

Then add the chopped snake gourd. Stir fry it for 5 minutes;

Then add jaggery and two cups of water.

Close it with a lid and let it boil on a medium flame till all the water drains.

After it is boiled add salt, turmeric powder, saaru powder and mix well.

Cover it with a lid for 5 minutes on a low flame.

Then add the coconut and mix well.

The palya is ready. :) Serve hot with Tomato saaru and white rice for lunch :)

Try this :)

Take care till I write :)

Happy cooking :)


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