Snake gourd curry


Snake gourd/Potlakaya is another indian gourd variety with which u can make yummy dishes like potlakaya yoghurt chutney , sambar, curry.



  1. Snake gourd/Potlakaya – 2 sliced thin

  2. Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
  3. Urad Dal – 1 tsp
  4. Red Chillies – 5
  5. Sambar Powder – 1 tsp [optional]
  6. Onion (medium size) – 1 chopped
  7. Curry leaves few
  8. Oil – 1 tsp
  9. Salt to taste
  10. Shredded coconut – 1 tsp [optional]

 ingredients for potlakaya curry


  • Wash gourd and peel/scrape the outer skin with a knife. Cut lengthwise to scoop out seeds [they are not edible] or u can use the frozen ones too.
  • Heat oil in a pan and put mustard seeds and let it crackle. Add urad dal, curry leaves, red chilles, onion in the same order and saute it till it turns light golden brown in color.

    • Add sliced gourd pieces, salt, sambar powder and mix everything; close the pan with a lid and let it cook in low-medium heat. You can add some shredded coconut now at the end.
    • It is a good side dish for rice or any kind of indian bread.

    Note: When I cook it with slow heat I don’t add water. When you mix it with salt, gourd pieces yields enough water to cook it.


18 responses to this post.

  1. hi
    i think this is the snake gourd thoran.
    good recipie


  2. Posted by Shridevi on March 1, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Hi Madhoori,

    Good one! I made it as per your instructions, it was very tasty, thanks for the effort putting here.



  3. Posted by Indrajit on April 8, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Hi, I made this dish following your instructions and it came so good. I started loving this vegetable but it was difficult to get the kannada name of snake gourd (paduvalakaayi).




  4. Posted by amirtha on October 26, 2010 at 6:59 am

    hi… thanks for your recipie. now iam going to prepare it.


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  6. Thanks for the recipe! I have been meaning to cook an indian veggie recipe. I will try this out some time.


  7. Posted by Hanumanth Akula on July 17, 2011 at 7:47 am

    my wife is out of station and today being sunday, i thought i’ll try something myself. I didn’t know what to do with this vegetable and googled to find your recipe. it turned out really good. thank you so much.


  8. Posted by shravz on September 9, 2011 at 10:47 am

    nice receipe…
    thanks buddy


  9. Posted by liza on January 10, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I was searching for a different snake gourd recipe in Google. i am going to try it tonight.


  10. nice and simple recipe…trying now!!!!


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