Friday, February 26, 2010

Snake Gourd Curd chutney/ Potlakaya perugu Pachadi

Snack Gourd is known as potlakaya in Telugu, Chichinga in Bengali, dhunduli 
in Assamese, Pudalankaai in Tamil, Padavalanga in Malayalam, Paduvalakaayi 
in Kannada. It is highly nutritious vegetable and is widely used in South Indian
cuisine.  Snake Gourd is a popular vegetable of Indian Origin.This vegetable is 
great for vegetarian cooking.
Health Benefits Of Snake Gourd:

1.  Snack gourd is said to have a cooling effect on the body.
2.  Its high in fiber and it also relieves constipation.
3.  An intake of the decoction of the leaves is beneficial in the treatment of 
4.  The juice of the snake gourd leaves when applied to the scalp treating 
     Alopecia, a disease of the scalp resulting in complete or partial baldness.
5.  The juice of the fresh leaves of snake gourd is useful in the disorders of 
      the heart like palpitaion and pain in the heart on physical exertion.
6.  Snake gourd is considered useful in treating diabetes especially by those 
      with Type-II diabetics to reduce weight and also at the same time get 
      adequate nourishment.
7.  An intake of snake gourd is useful in reducing bilious fever.
8.  Snake gourd helps stimulate the production of body fluids, relieving dryness.
9.  Snake gourd enhances the processing of nutrition in the body and restores 
      the normal function of the system.
10. It  has anti-inflammatory properties and can disperse phlegm, remove pus, 
      expel toxic matter from the body.
11. Snake gourd is a natural antibiotic, expectorant, and laxative.
12. Snake gourd has very low on carbs and calories.
13. Snake gourd is rich in Calcium,phosphorous,potassium, iron and vitamin A, 
      B and C.
14. It provides high antoxidant and anti-inflammatory protection.
15. Eat more of it and it will protect your heart too. through its high potassium, 
      folate and phosphorous content.
16. Being high in fibre, it is good for your colon.

1 medium snake gourd
1 Cup yogurt
2-3 tbs fresh coconut powder
3-4 Green chillies
2 tbs oil
1/2 tbs Channa dal
1/2 tbs urad dal
1/2 tbs cumin seeds
1/2 tbs mustard
1/4 tbs turmeric
2 red chillies
4 curry leaves
a pinch of hing
2-3 tbs Chopped Coriander

1. Wash and chop the snake gourd into bite size pieces. Make sure you take 
    the seeds out.
2. Heat oil in a pan, then add the seasoning. Add channadal, urad dal, 
    cumin seeds, mustard, red chillies pieces,hing and fry for a min.
3. When mustard start splutter add curry leaves and fry for a min.
4. Add Chopped snake gourd, chopped green chillies, salt and turmeric 
   and combine well.  Cover to cook on low flame about 10-15min.
5. Add fresh coconut powder, chopped coriander and stir well about 5 min.
6. Finally add the beaten yogurt and mix well. Snake gourd curd chutney 

     is ready to serve.
7. This recipe goes well with rice.


Tina said...

Creamy and delicious chutney.....

Sook said...

Oh this chutney looks fabulous!

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