Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Stuffed Snake Gourd Curry - Pudalangai Curry

Serves 3
Snake Gourd is a very nutritious vegetable.I usually use it to make Sambar or Dhal .Weekends are when I usually try out new dishes,cause that's when I get at least an hour of undisturbed cooking time with Hubby taking care of little girl. So this weekend i was left with a snake gourd and decided to try out one of Tarla Dalal's recipes.It turned out tastier than we expected. I've stuffed the snake gourd with Corn & Mint,you can replace the corn with mashed potatoes or paneer. Similarly the Mint leaves can be replaced with Fenugreek leaves or Palak. Fresh and tender snake gourds work best for this recipe.The gravy is extremely creamy and delicious and you could also use it for preparing other Kofta curries.

Snake gourd - one  medium one
For the Stuffing :
Boiled Corn - 4 tbsp
Grated coconut - 4 tsp
Mint leaves - leaves from 8 big sprigs.(chopped finely)
Coriander leaves - 3 sprigs(chopped finely)
Sambar powder - 1/2 tsp
Fennel Powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt  as needed
oil -  for shallow frying.
For the Gravy:
Tomatoes - 2 big
Besan/Chickpea flour - 1 heaped tbsp
Cloves - 1
Bay leaf - 1 small one
Whole black pepper corns  - 5 - 6
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Red Chilli Powder - 3/4 tsp( you can add more)
Cashew nuts - 5 -6
Kasoori methi - 1 tsp
Garam Masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves - 4-5 sprigs(chopped finely)
Boiled Milk - 1/2 cup
oil - 1 tbsp
salt as needed

For the Snake Gourd:
-Clean the snake gourd,scrape the skin slightly with a knife.Cut the snake gourd into 2 - 3 inch pieces and slit them on one side.Scoop out the pulp& the seeds from inside the snake gourd.Boil the snake gourd in a pot of hot water with salt,till they are cooked.Drain the water and remove the snake gourd.
-Pulse the corn along with the coconut,sambar powder and fennel powder in a blender for just 2-3 sec,until it's just crushed and everything is combined.Transfer the contents of the blender to a bowl.
-Add the mint leaves,coriander leaves and salt to the mixture and mix well.Stuff the mixture inside the slit snake gourd.Secure them with toothpicks to hold the mixture in place.
-To a broad pan add oil around 3 -4 tbsp and when it heats up add the stuffed snake gourds.Let them cook on medium flame on one side until they are golden brown.Remove the toothpicks and gently turn them to cook on the other side too,around 8 minutes on each side.

For the Gravy:
-Grind the tomatoes to a fine paste.
-Boil the cashew nuts in 1/4 cup of water until it becomes soft.Cool and grind to a fine paste.
-Heat oil in a pan,when it heats up splutter the cloves, bay leaf,cumin seeds and whole pepper corns.
-Now add the besan and saute on a low flame until it slightly changes color and releases a nice aroma,around 4-5 minutes.
-Add the tomato paste,red chilli powder,turmeric powder and mix well.Let it cook for another 5 minutes or until it starts oozing out oil.Add 3/4 cup of water,cashew nut paste and salt.Mix well and let it boil for another 4-5 minutes on a low to medium flame.Check for salt.Add more water if you feel that the gravy is very thick.
-Add any left over stuffing and the snake gourd and let it simmer for 4-5 minutes.
-Add the milk,coriander leaves and kasoori methi and mix well.Let if cook for another 3 -4 minutes.Done !

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  1. Reni,snake gourd curry looks so good with the filling inside.That sure does look creamy and delicious.

  2. looks so delicious,never heard of this.

  3. Different & Nice filling...curry looks so colorful..

  4. Very innovative Reni, love the stuffing.have never done this before.
    Thanks for sharing

  5. Interesting and different filling.

  6. Looks yummy and delicious Reni :-)

  7. Hey Reni, how do you come up with such novel and innovative recipes. Good one yaar! Love the really great looking stuffed gourd curry.
    Good, you added the step by step process!!
    It would be great with plain rice - very yummy and I can say a signature dish of yours :)

    1. Thanks Pavithra ! Heavily inspired from Tarla Dalal though :)

  8. Wow! The curry looks smashing and flavorful! Lovely step-by-step clicks! :)

  9. Wow Reni!!! This looks amazing!!

  10. Am ur fan and new follower as for now!!!

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