This Chichinda sabzi recipe is a delicious & easy dish made with snake gourd (padwal) and bengal gram (chana dal).
Course: main course, side dish
Cuisine: konkan & malvan, maharashtrian
Author: Dassana Amit
for soaking chana dal
2 tablespoons chana dal(bengal gram)
⅓cup hot boiling water
2 cups chopped snake gourd (padwal or chichinda)
1.5 tablespoons oil- peanut oil or sunflower oil can be used
½teaspoon 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 wateror add as required
3 tablespoons fresh grated coconut- can also use desiccated coconut
2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
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.
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.