Snake Gourd Recipe | Padwal Bhaji (Healthy)

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Snake gourd recipe with step by step photos – Simplicity at its best is this healthy sabzi made with snake gourd and chana dal. Snake gourd is also known as padwal and chichinda in Marathi and Hindi respectively. A delicious vegan dish.

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I use various types of gourd in my everyday cooking. So I do make different recipes with gourds at times. Sometimes I make a sabzi or bhaji with them and at times I make sambar or any curry with them.

I make this delicious snake gourd bhaji with chana dal on occasions and it is one of the favorite dishes at home. This is a no onion no garlic recipe. Addition of onion is not required but if you want then you can add onions.

I always add chana dal in most bhajis that I make, as not only the chana dal adds some texture in the dish but also tastes good and some additional protein in the food always helps.

A few sabzi recipes with chana dal I have already shared are:

This chana dal padwal bhaji recipe is easy to make and does not take much time to cook. You can serve padwal bhaji with chapatis or phulkas.

You can also serve it a side dish with varan-bhaat or dal-rice or sambar-rice or rasam-rice. This Chichinda sabzi also goes well in the tiffin box with some chapatis or parathas.

How to make padwal bhaji (snake gourd recipe)

Preparation:

1. Firstly rinse 2 tablespoons chana dal and then soak them in ⅓ cup boiling hot water for 30 minutes. Cover the bowl and then soak.

making padwal chana dal bhaji recipe

2. Rinse and then peel 1 snake gourd (padwal). Cut the snake gourd in two to three pieces horizontally. Now take each cylindrical piece and cut it vertically from the center in two pieces. Remove the seeds and pith and discard them.

snake gourd for making padwal chana dal bhaji recipe

3. Now slice in 2 to 2.5 inches pieces. You will need 2 cups of chopped snake gourd. Also chop 1 green chili. Keep aside.

snake gourd for making padwal chana dal bhaji recipe

4. Heat 1.5 tablespoons oil in a shallow frying pan or kadai. Lower the flame and then add ½ tsp mustard seeds.

making padwal chana dal bhaji recipe

5. Let the mustard seeds crackle. then add ½ tsp cumin seeds.

making padwal chana dal bhaji recipe

6. stir and let the cumin seeds also crackle.

making padwal chana dal bhaji recipe

7. then add chopped padwal (snake gourd).

making padwal chana dal bhaji recipe

8. Add 7 to 8 curry leaves (whole or chopped) and 1 green chili (chopped).

making padwal chana dal bhaji recipe

9. Mix well.

making padwal chana dal bhaji recipe

10. Now add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and 1 pinch asafoetida (hing). Mix again.

making padwal chana dal sabzi recipe

11. Drain all the water from the soaked chana dal and then add the chana dal. Mix well.

making padwal chana dal sabzi recipe

12. Add salt as per taste.

making padwal chana dal sabzi recipe

13. Add 1 cup of water.

making padwal chana dal sabzi recipe

Cooking padwal bhaji

14. Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid and simmer the snake gourd pieces on a low to medium flame till they are cooked.

making snake gourd bhaji recipe

15. Do check the sabzi or bhaji at intervals to see if the snake gourd pieces are cooked or not and if the water has dried up. If the water has dried up and the padwal or chana dal is yet to cook, then add some more water. Do note that the chana dal has to cook well. You can press a few chana dal pieces to check if they are done or not.

making snake gourd bhaji recipe

16. When the padwal and chana dal are cooked well & all the water has dried up in the bhaji, then add 3 tablespoons fresh grated coconut. if there is any water then dry the sabzi completely by cooking without a lid to evaporate the water, before adding coconut.

making snake gourd bhaji recipe

17. Add 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves.

making snake gourd bhaji recipe

18. Mix well.

snake gourd bhaji recipe

19. Serve snake gourd bhaji with chapatis or as a side dish with dal-rice or varan bhaat. It also goes very well as a side dish with Sambar-rice or Rasam-rice.

snake gourd bhaji recipe
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Snake Gourd Recipe

5 from 8 votes
This Chichinda sabzi recipe is a delicious & easy dish made with snake gourd (padwal) and bengal gram (chana dal). 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins

Cuisine Konkani & Malvani, Maharashtrian
Course: Main Course, Side Dish

Servings 3
Units

Ingredients

for soaking chana dal

  • 2 tablespoons chana dal (bengal gram)
  • cup hot boiling water

other ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped snake gourd (padwal or chichinda)
  • 1.5 tablespoons oil - peanut oil or sunflower oil can be used
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 7 to 8 curry leaves - whole or chopped
  • 1 green chili - chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • salt as required
  • 1 cup water or add as required
  • 3 tablespoons fresh grated coconut - can also use desiccated coconut
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves

Instructions

preparation for snake gourd bhaji

  • Firstly rinse 2 tablespoons chana dal and then soak them in ⅓ cup hot water for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse and then peel 1 snake gourd. Cut the snake gourd in two or three pieces horizontally. Now take each cylindrical piece and cut it vertically from the center in two pieces. Remove the seeds and pith and discard them. 
  • Now slice in 2 to 2.5 inches pieces. You will need 2 cups of chopped snake gourd. Also chop 1 green chili. Keep aside.

making snake gourd bhaji

  • Heat 1.5 tablespoons oil in a shallow frying pan or kadai. Lower the flame and then add ½ teaspoon mustard seeds.
  • Let the mustard seeds crackle.
  • Then add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds.
  • Stir and let the cumin seeds also crackle.
  • Then add chopped padwal, 7 to 8 curry leaves (whole or chopped) and 1 green chili (chopped). Mix well.
  • Add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and 1 pinch asafoetida (hing). Mix again.
  • Drain all the water from the soaked chana dal and then add the chana dal. Mix well.
  • Add salt as per taste.
  • Add 1 cup water.

cooking snake gourd bhaji

  • Cover the pan with a tight fitting lid and simmer the snake gourd pieces on a low to medium flame till they are cooked.
  • Do check the bhaji at intervals to see if the snake gourd pieces are cooked or not and if the water has dried up. If the water has dried up and the padwal or chana dal is yet to cook, then add some more water. Do note that the chana dal has to cook well. You can press a few chana dal pieces to check if they are done or not.
  • When the padwal and chana dal are cooked well & all the water has dried up in the bhaji, then add 3 tablespoons fresh grated coconut. if there is any water then dry the sabzi completely by cooking without a lid to evaporate the water, before adding coconut.
  • Lastly add 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves. mix well.
  • Serve snake gourd bhaji with chapatis or as a side dish with dal-rice or varan bhaat. This sabzi also goes very well as a side dish with sambar-rice or rasam-rice.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Calories: 154kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 485mgPotassium: 71mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 106IUVitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 1mgVitamin B3 (Niacin): 27mgVitamin C: 48mgVitamin E: 3mgVitamin K: 1µgCalcium: 69mgVitamin B9 (Folate): 299µgIron: 3mgMagnesium: 48mgPhosphorus: 41mgZinc: 1mg

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5 Comments

  1. Hi, can we use dessicated coconut instead of fresh coconut? Also, I have Ridge gourd. Can I use that in this recipe?5 stars

    1. yes you can use desiccated coconut. of course you can add ridge gourd. this snake gourd recipe can be easily made by substituting it with ridge gourd, bottle gourd or zucchini.

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