Snake gourd stir fry I Padavalakai Palya

Preparation Time : 15 min Cooking Time : 10 min Serves : 4

Today I am posting an authentic recipe to prepare Snake gourd stir fry. This palya is a great accompaniment to sambar Rice/dal rice or rotis. Snake gourd is a nutritious vegetable It contains a variety of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that are essential for human health. Some of the health benefits include its ability to improve the strength of the immune system, reduce fevers, detoxify the body, improve the digestive processes of the body, increase hydration in the body, treat diabetes, boost the strength and quality of the hair, and aid in weight loss.  Do try this simple snake gourd stir-fry vegetable with this easy recipe…


Snake gourd – 1/4 kg

For seasoning –

Mustard – 1/4 tsp

Asafoetida – 1 pinch (powdered )

Dry chili – 2 no’s broken into small pieces

Curry leaves – 1 spring

Turmeric – 1 pinch

salt to taste

Oil to fry

To grind –

Coconut – 1/2 cup grated

Dry chilies – 2 no’s

Cumin – 1/4 tsp (Optional)



Remove the skin of the snake gourd/scrap lightly with a knife, chop it into small pieces, immerse in water and keep ready.

Heat a pan by adding oil to it, when it is hot add mustard allow it to sizzle, then add asafoetida, curry leaves and broken chilies saute for a while


Add chopped veggies to it, saute until the raw smell goes completely from it, it takes approximately 2 min, then add turmeric and salt, add 1/2 cup of water and cook covered until done.


Add grated coconut, cumin and dry chilies in a mixer jar, blend it to a coarse powder without adding water.


When the veggies are cooked (cook until the water in the veggie gets absorbed completely within it) add coarsely powdered coconut mixture, saute for 2 min, turn off the flame.


Padvalakayi palya is ready to be served. Remove the vegetable in a serving bowl and serve hot with steamed rice or sambar rice or rasam rice.

Note –

Ensure to pressure cook the snake gourd until just cooked and not too mushy.

You can add cumin for seasoning/to grind.

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