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Snake Gourd (Pudalankai) Poriyal

Snake_Gourd_Pudalankai_Poriyal_1 Snake Gourd is also known as Serpent Gourd because of it’s slim and long look. It is called as Pudalankai in Tamil. This is used more in south Indian cooking and tastes good in poriyal and in kootu. It is available in different shapes like long, short and in different colours like green or silvery gray or striped with green and white colour.

Here I have prepared Snake Gourd (Pudalankai) Poriyal by mixing Bengal gram. This traditional poriyal is prepared often in my home, as this is very light and tastes nice.

Serves: 4 to 6
Cooking time: 20 minutes approximately


  • Snake gourd chopped – 500 gms  Snake_Gourd_Pudalankai_Poriyal_2
  • Bengal gram – cup
  • Coconut grated – 1 table spoon
  • Onion chopped – 1 no (optional)
  • Salt – as per taste
  • For seasoning
    • Mustard – ½ tea spoon
    • Urad dal – ½ tea spoon
    • Red chilli broken – 3 no
    • Curry leaves – few
    • Oil – 1 tea spoon



  • Boil Bengal gram as soft and just done (I did it in pressure cooker).
  • Heat a pan with oil and do the seasoning; add chopped onion and fry till transparent; add snake gourd, salt and mix well; sprinkle handful of water, cover and cook till snake gourd is soft and cooked.
  • Now add boiled Bengal gram, grated coconut; mix and stir for few seconds.

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  • Serve with rice as side dish.



  • Instead of Bengal gram you can use split green gram also.

{ 6 comments… add one }

  • PJ February 22, 2010, 9:34 pm

    Loved this poriyal with snake gourd. All of your recipes are so delicious, authentic and well written with instructive pictures! I have wanted to learn to make a good poriyal for some time now, and I think I found the right recipe.

  • Trendsetters February 22, 2010, 9:43 pm

    you got some good old recipes made by my mom….
    love them all

  • Sushma Mallya February 22, 2010, 11:40 pm

    i love poriyal as it so healthy and nice and comforting and can be had anyday…and thats a lovely bowl.

  • kothiyavunu February 23, 2010, 2:27 am

    Thanks for stopping by kothiyavunu and for ur sweet comment..:)
    Simply delicious and lipsmacking poriyal!

  • Sujatha G March 25, 2011, 2:55 pm

    Its just the right method of poriyal which i was searching for. Its really superab and so well written. Thanks a lot.

  • Sandhya November 22, 2013, 2:31 pm

    All your dishes are toooo yummy and easy to make….
    I like the way you are presenting with the help of pictures….
    I do make this dish regularly….but only variation is….when ever grated coconut is added to stir fried dishes…adding grated ginger enhances the taste and aroma and also good for digestion which slows down by the intake of coconut………..Keep up the posting spirit….we are getting a lot to learn easily from your site…..

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