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Podalangai Poricha Kuzhambu | Snake Gourd Stew

The recipe that I chose today, Podalangai Poricha Kuzhambu, is a kind of Araichu vita kuzhambu made with snake gourd. Many other vegetables other than snake gourd could also be used, but this is a very commonly used vegetable in my house for this kuzhambu. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Appetizer, Soup
Cuisine: Indian, Tamil Nadu
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 6 People
Calories: 113kcal


  • Pressure Cooker


  • 3 cups Snake gourd Chopped
  • ½ cup Thuvaram Paruppu/Red gram dhal Could also mix in some payatham paruppu/moong dal
  • ½ tsp Sambhar powder
  • to taste Salt
  • few Curry leaves


  • 2 tsp Coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp Kadalai paruppu/channa dal
  • 4 Red chilies
  • 1 tsp Ullutham paruppu/Urad dal
  • ¼ cup Coconut Grate
  • ¼ tsp Asafetida
  • 1 tsp Oil


  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Ullutham paruppu/Urad dal
  • 1 tsp Oil


  • Cut the vegetable in semi-circles, add salt, sambhar powder, and enough water (to cover the vegetable), and cook until soft.
  • Cook the thuvaram paruppu in the pressure cooker until soft. Keep aside.
  • Fry all the ingredients mentioned above in about 1 tsp of oil and grind it into a smooth paste.
  • Once the vegetable cooks, add the ground paste and the cooked dhal and mix well.
  • Let the kuzhambu boil for few minutes until it thickens.
  • Season with mustard seeds and urad dal.
  • Serve the podalangai poricha kuzhambu hot with rice and a dollop of ghee.


Calories: 113kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 286IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 3mg