May 16, 2012

Padavalanga parippu thoran / Snake gourd and dal stir fry


Snake gourd/Padavalanga/Padwal - 1 medium
Chana dal - 1/4 cup
Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Shallots/Sambar onion - 4 or 5, peeled and sliced thin
Green chillies - 2, slit
Curry leaves - a  small sprig
Salt to taste

To grind
Grated coconut - 3 to 4 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Garlic - 1 or 2 cloves
Green chillies - 1
Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp


1. Pressure cook the chana dal with just enough water to cook for 1 or 2 whistles. The dal should be 3/4th cooked.
2. Rub the peel off the snakegourd, and chop it into cubes.
3. Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add onions, green chillies ad curry leaves and saute till onions start turning brown. 
4. Add the cooked dal and the snake gourd and combine well. Add enough salt and cover and cook for few minutes till gourd is cooked.
5. Grind the coconut and other ingredients coarsely without adding water. Add this to the cooked dal and gourd and mix well. Stir fry for a minute.

Serve with rice or roti.


Kerala Kitchen - May 2012 hosted by Jehanne of The Cooking Doctor. Check the Kerala Kitchen page here

ABC Series: GOURDS hosted in my blog


  1. Thoran has dry consitency..perfect side dish.

  2. My favorite combo,my mom makes this..evide fresh padavalanga kitunilla..

  3. nice dish dear

  4. Loved this thoran,back in I hardly find these!

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  5. lovely thoran, nice recipe Ramya :-)

  6. Excellent and super delicious thoran.

  7. hi ramya, i love this snake gourd dish, must try your style and add grated coconut... mmmmmm have a nice day

  8. wow luv this...yum yum...

  9. Love this curry, it's been a long time since I had this..

  10. Thoran looks yum..
    I'm in Bangalore till the month end. Visiting my mom.

  11. interesting recipe!....will try it out soon.

  12. Love this delicious comfort food, lovely click.

  13. healthy n lovely fav too...

  14. I have not eaten padavanga in ages... now i want it :-( Yummm

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  15. That's an simple recipe with snake gourd......looks yum....

  16. that is a simple n delicious stir fry !!!!loved it !!!!

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  19. interesting recipe...looks delicious...

  20. Healthy and simple recipe..Looks delicious too

  21. just what i was looking for Ramya.....thanks for sharing.

  22. Hi Ramya I am your new follower the padwal thoran looks delicious. Do visit my space in ur free time.

  23. my mom makes this combo regularly and your platter's made me nostalgic; good one !

  24. hi ramya, yes, i would like to try this snake gourd with dhal- never use dhal for my gourd dishes before.

  25. omg...this is absolutely delicious..:)

  26. Hi ramya and how are you? I am back to blogging..
    when are you coming back..hope you are ok.

  27. healthy n nice combo!!BTW Iam back 2 blogging dear.sorry 2 informing late..
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  29. I prepare snake ground fry and dal fry, but its combination I never ever try before I seen your post, thanks for this food guide.

  30. Hi! your post is awesome, I like traditional indisk mad (Indian Food) can you suggest me about it? I want traditional Indian food list plz help me. Thanks

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