Snake Gourd Dal Curry

Padavalanga Parippu Curry


Snake gourd -1\2 kg
Toor dal -1\2 cup
Grated coconut -1\2 cup
Green chillies -4
Turmeric powder -1\2 tsp
Cumin seeds -1\4 tsp
Water -2 cups
Salt -to taste

For Tempering:

Mustard seeds -1 tsp
Small onions -4 sliced
Dry red chillies -3 broken
Curry leaves -1 sprig
Oil -1 tbsp


Scrape the skin of the snake gourd and remove the seeds. Wash it and chop into small pieces. Wash the dal and put it into a pressure cooker. Add the chopped snake gourd and pour 2 cups of water. Add salt and cook for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, grind the coconut, green chillies, turmeric powder and cumin seeds to a fine paste. Open the lid of the cooker and add the ground coconut paste. Add water if the curry is too thick. Keep it on a medium flame and boil it for about 2 minutes. Put off the flame. Heat oil in a small pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add the small onions, dry red chillies and curry leaves. Fry till the onions turn light brown. Put off the fire and add the tempering to the curry. Mix well and serve hot with rice.

  1. Never tried Snakegourd with dal… it looks wonderful! I always make it with milk… learnt a new recipe 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Lissie you are always posting my favourite curries.
    When ever i go back home i ask my mom to make this Padavalanga dish as i love them. I eat them with rice and the curry and a little pickle. DELICIOUS
    Pity i don’t get padavalanga here otherwise i would make them as my daughter also love this dish

  3. Wish I could get Snake gourd here Lissie. Dal is mouthwatering. Great color too:)

  4. Paruppu should be tasting great!!

  5. Hey Lissie…Great looking dish…never made this before….after seeing this,wud like to give it a shot 🙂

  6. this is a new dish for me..looks yummy!

  7. lissie..lissie…glad to see our naadan kerala dishes shining in the blog sphere!!1

  8. Lissie that looks so delicately sweet savoury. Nice photos!

  9. Sorry I hadnt bloghopped past week..
    ,,,and back to see you with 3 new posts!!Wow!!

    Do you read my favourites??
    Love mutton curry and paneer gravy..
    Not a big fan of padavalam..but love the Kerala curyy!!

    Great selection of recipes..

  10. ohhh lovely dear…havent tried snakegourd n dal combo yet… sounds delicious….i make the same with bottlegourd…

  11. cinnamon, sirisha and rajitha, try it. i am sure you will like it!

    happy and asha, it is sad that you don’t get snake gourd there.

    rina and padma, thanks for your kind words!

    bharathy, glad to see you back. try the mutton and paneer. who doesn’t like this authentic Kerala curry!

  12. Me too love your Snake groud dal curry and liked your paneer supreme very very much…:))
    Thanx for sharing the recipie lissie…I some how missed to se that paneer supreme post … just now saw…

  13. Lissie, I like padavalam parippu curry with fish fry. Today I made kumabalam parippu alsmost the same way you cooked..

  14. raks, thank you for your good compliments! paneer supreme is indeed delicious.

    seena, that is a great combination! i am hungry now…

  15. I love snake gourd. I do a dry curry and a kootu. But this is a new dish to me. Look forward to trying it soon.

  16. Wow the curry looks great!! this is new to me. My hubby doesn’t like snake gourd.Let me try this recipe and see the response 🙂

  17. this curry sounds very different. looks good too.