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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Padavalanga- Parippu Thoran | Snake Gourd- Lentil Stir Fry

Padavalanga Parippu thoran is a healthy stir fry made with padavalanga(snake gourd) and lentil(parippu) and grated coconut.This serves as a side dish with steamed rice.I make this stir fry whenever I buy snake gourd.Snake gourd is rich a high fiber vegetable and also known to have detoxifying properties.They also function as a good expectorant and there by boosts immune health.The stir fry should be tender and not over cooked to taste best.The lentils added to this thoran also gives a nice crunch and taste.Try it out sometime !!

Preparation time~ 15 mins
Cooking time~ 30 mins
Serves ~ 4-5

snake gourd /padavalanga 1 medium sized
toor dal/tuvara parippu 1/4 cup
shallots  5-6 sliced
green chillies vertical slit 2
turmeric powder 1/4tsp+ 1/4tsp
salt to taste
mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
curry leaves a sprig/thandu
oil 1tbsp

to grind coarse
grated coconut 1/2 cup
cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
green chillies 1 or 2
garlic clove 1 large

  • Wash the snake gourd and scrape the skin of the snake gourd.Cut open vertically and remove seeds if any.Cut in small pieces and keep aside.
  • In another pan or use cooker,wash and add the dal,turmeric powder (1/4tsp) and salt with enough water to cook the dal.If using pressure cooker,cook for 2 whistles on high flame.If using open pan method,then keep a check closely so that the dal doesn't turn mushy.the dal should be tender or 3/4th cooked.

  • In the mean time,grind coarsely the ingredient listed under 'to grind' without adding any water.
  • In another pan,heat the oil,splutter mustard seeds.Followed by green chillies,curry leaves and shallots sliced.When it turns translucent,add turmeric powder on low flame.
  • Now,add the chopped snake gourd(padavalanga) and cooked dal.Add any left over(very little) cooked dal water too,don't add any additional water as snake gourd leaves out water when cooked.
  • Mix well,add salt and cover.Cook on low medium  flame for 6-7 mins until the snake gourd pieces are tender.Uncover,add in the coarsely ground coconut mixture.adjust salt,combine well and cook for 2more mins.Dry out any moisture left and switch off flame.Serve warm.


Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

my fav stir fry !

Remya said... Best Blogger Tips

Ayio the same thoran i too made for lunch :) ...the only difference is i used chana dal instead of thoor dal..(it is expensive than gold now :P)

great-secret-of-life said... Best Blogger Tips

healthy and tasty stir fry

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the inviting

Beena said... Best Blogger Tips

Simple yummy thoran. Kothipichu

Rafeeda AR said... Best Blogger Tips

Adipoli thoran... will try this...

Tisa Jacob said... Best Blogger Tips

Oonu looks so good. I love padavalinga...haven't had it since I left India.

Anupa Joseph (Palaharam) said... Best Blogger Tips

My favorite..infact its a family this combo..ur pics looks so it

Sona said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious thoran and the whole platter looks so inviting. Nice pics dear.

Kushigalu said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful clicks. Healthy and YUMMy recipe.