Snake Gourd Stir Fry Recipe (Podale Upakari in Konkani)

Snake Gourd Stir Fry Recipe (Podale Upakari in Konkani)

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This snake gourd stir fry is a simple side dish for a weeknight dinner. It's called podale upakari in Konkani. Podale refers to snake gourd in Konkani & upakari means stir fry. A Konkani meal is complete when there's a stir fried vegetable. It's a side dish of sorts prepared using different veggies & is called upakari.

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  • 1 small snake gourd
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon of urad dal (split black lentil)
  • 1 dried red chilli
  • 1 leaflet of curry leaves
  • 1-2 tablespoons of powdered jaggery
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as needed to cook
  • 1-2 tablespoons of grated coconut

Serves: 2

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Preparation Method:

Prepping snake gourd:

1. Peel the skin of snake gourd using a knife. Then give it a good wash. Or else snake gourd tastes a little bitter.

2. Here's how we peel snake gourd. Just run the knife over the snake gourd so that the white layer comes off like in the pictures below. 

3. Then chop them into thin slices. 

Preparing stir fry:

  1. Heat oil in a cooking pan. Add in mustard seeds.
  2. When they start popping add in urad dal & fry them for few seconds.
  3. Then add in dried red chilli pieces & curry leaves. Let them sizzle for few seconds.
  4. Add finely sliced pieces of snake gourd, salt, jaggery & mix well.
  5. Add 1 cup of water & cook until snake gourd cooks through.
  6. Once they’re cooked through & all the water has dried up, add grated coconut & mix well.
  7. Remove from heat & serve hot as a side dish for lunch or dinner.

Also, try delicious, quick to put together snake gourd salad