Snake gourd/ padwal/ Chichinda is not a remarkable vegetable, save its unique shape and size. It tastes bland and does not have a distinct flavour. Here is a Uttar Pradesh style snake gourd subzi which goes well with both Roti or rice.
1 medium sized Snake gourd
2 large onions chopped
3 tbsps oil
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Red chilli powder
1 tbsp coriander powder
4 tbsps finely chopped Coriander leaves .
Wash and deseed the snake gourd / Padwal / Chinchinda. Chop into round slices. Heat oil in a pan. Add the cumin seeds and after they splutter add the finely chopped onion and saute till transparent.
Add salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and coriander powder. Saute for a minute. Add the sliced snake gourd.
Mix well. Cover and cook on a gentle flame for a few minutes. Sprinkle some water to cook if needed.
After the snake gourd is cooked switch off the flame. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with rice and chapati.
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