Dec 9, 2012

புடலங்காய் குழம்பு / Pudalangai Kulambu / Snake Guard Gravy with Moong Dal & Coconut Masala

This is my first recipe for snake guard in my blog. Even though amma cooks this vegetable often, i never even thought of posting this in my blog. The reason for that is, I don't like it. I hated it so badly. I have not tasted it much too, but the look of it makes me to hate it..

Oneday when i was shopping, i found this in the market. I was confused whether to buy or not. As a brave move i took one and put it into my basket. When i reached home, i was looking at it and was thinking what to make with it. Then finally i decided to make a gravy out it to serve over rice.

I sliced it up, cooked in water and added cooked dal and a yummy coconut masala, did a final tempering and walla there was a yummy gravy. When i tasted it first i can't believe that it is snake guard. it tasted so good. Give it a go and you will know the taste of it....

Preparation Time - 30 mins
Cooking Time : 30-40 mins
Serves - 5 to 6


Snake Guard / Pudalangai - 1 medium size cut into thin strips
Yellow Split Moong Dal / Pasi Payaru - 1/2 cup
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1 tsp
Salt to taste

For Grinding:
Coconut - 3/4 cup
Black Pepper - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp
Dry Red Chilli - 3

For Tempering:
Coconut Oil - 1 tblspn
Mustard Seeds /Kaduku - 1 tsp
Urad dal / Ulundu - 1 tsp
Dry Red Chilli - 1


Wash dal in lots of water. Transfer dal in a pan and cover it with water. Cook them till they are soft and turns mushy. It will take around 25 to 30 mins.

Take the grinding ingredients in a mixer and add some water in it. Grind it to a smooth paste.

Take the sliced snakeguard in a pot. Add some water in it.  Cover and Cook till the vegetable is cooked. It will take around 15 to 20 mins.

Add in cooked dal in it and mix well.

Now add some salt and turmeric powder. Mix well.

Add the ground coconut mixture in this and mix well.

Simmer the gravy for 10 to 15 mins.

Now make the seasonings. Heat oil and add in mustard seeds, urad dal, dry red chilli and saute for a min.

Pour the seasoning over the gravy and mix well.

Serve with Rice.

I used a medium size snake guard
You will need oil, cooked dal, spices for tempering,
coconut,chilli, pepper, cumin for griding &
sliced up snake guard
Take the grinding ingredients in a blender...
make into a fine puree
Take snake guard in a pan
add water to it
and bring it to a boil
add in cooked dal to this
mix well
add in some salt and turmeric powder
mix well
add the ground coconut masala in this
mix well
Make seasoning by heating all the
tempering spices in oil
and pour that in
Taste great with some rice


  1. Looks pretty good! I've never had snake guard before :)

  2. This looks like a very intriguing vegetable though I don't think that I'd be able to find it in southwestern Ontario, Canada. Are you sure the name isn't snake GOURD in English which would make more sense?

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  4. garvy look really nice, especially pics r tempting..

  5. Kuzhambu looks flavourful and inviting.

  6. looks very tempting and is making me hungry!
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  7. Hai Aarthi
    I tried your tomato pachadi,cutlet &many recipes.all your recipes are yummy. I want to know whether we have to put snake gourd only or any other veg is ok. Bcos I am in USA.

  8. @suthirecipeYou can substitute, pumpkin, peas, butternut squash

  9. Hi aarthi I'm a big fan of u. Tried many recipes fm ur blog. Yet this is my first msg to u. As u said in the beginning of this recipe I too bought pudalaingai yesterday. And as usual I checked in ur blog for recipe. Instead of kootu or poriyail I want to make puitu. My mom used to make it with cabbage.but I'm surprised it's missing in ur page.i want to make some starters with this too. Like If v cut it in round shape (onion rings shape) stuff something inside and fry it with crispy outer coating, how it ll b dr? I want to try this for my 4 yr daughter. Pls help me to complete this recipe aarthi. Thanks in advance


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