Snake Gourd Palya

" The best seasoning to food is the love you put in it"

I read the above statement somewhere on the internet. I loved it instantly and thought of sharing it with my readers here.

Snake Gourd Palya

Ingredients :

Snake Gourd (Padavalakayi) : 1
Hesarubele (Moongdal) : 5 tbsp
Green Chillies : 2 (slit vertically)
Onion: 1 (chopped into fine pieces)
Grated fresh coconut: 1tbsp
Turmeric :  a pinch
Chopped Coriander leaves for garnishing
Oil for seasoning
Mustard, Asafoetida powder and curry leaves for seasoning
lemon juice

1. Cut snake gourd into small (1/2") pieces. Wash moongdal. Cook gourd pieces and dal with a pinch of turmeric in pressure cooker with enough water just to cook dal.
2. Heat 1 tsp of oil, add asafoetida, mustard and curry leaves . Add slit green chillies, chopped onions and give a good stir. Stir and fry until onions turn soft and pale brown. Add in gourd & dal mixture, salt, grated coconut and stir well. Bring it to boil.
3.  Taste to adjust salt. When palya is warm, add lemon juice and mix well. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Enjoy! :)