November 15, 2012

Podalangai Thayir Pachadi | Snakegourd in yoghurt gravy

One of the quickest side dish using yoghurt is this ultra creamy and tasty Raita using snake gourd (or called Podalangai (tamil) or Padavalakai (Kannada)). Amma makes this often, and it goes well with Rasam rice or even a spicy pulav / Brinjal Rice. I usually make thovve (dal based curry), Kootu (veg gravy) or dry saute with this vegetable, but my favourite is this Raitha. 

Quick to put together, its super cooling in the summer and is light on the stomach too. Let's get cracking :)

Click here for printable recipe

Prep time : 5 mins | Cook time : 10 mins | Serves : 2
Difficulty level : Easy

  • Snake gourd - 100 gms
  • Thick Yoghurt - 1 cup
  • Salt - to taste
  • Fresh grated coconut - 1 TBSP
  • Tempering : Oil (1/4 tsp), Mustard Seeds (1/2 tsp), Urad dal (1 tsp), Red chilli - 1 (broken), Asafoetida - a pinch
  • Garnish : Curry leaves & coriander leaves - little.

1) Wash and lightly scrape the skin of the snake gourd. De-seed and dice into  half roundels or small cubes
2) Boil for 10 mins in lightly salted water till al dente (cooked but not mushy). Drain.
3) Beat yoghurt free of lumps. 
4) In a bowl, mix the snakegourd, yoghurt and coconut. Add salt carefully as the vegetable has been boiled with a little salt already. Mix lightly.
5) Prepare the tempering with mustard seeds, curry leaves, urad dal, red chilly and asafoetida. Pour over the Raitha. Garnish with coriander leaves & serve immediately.

Note: If making ahead, do not boil the vegetable with salt and add requisite salt just before serving. Chilled yoghurt works best for this. It can be slightly sour if you prefer. Ensure you beat the yoghurt well before mixing in the vegetable.


  1. Lovely to have you back Kal. And i m simply drooling just thinking how nice this raitha would taste with anna saaru. Yummm....and can i have the thovve recipe too please?

  2. Wow looks so delicious...perfect for plain rice...

  3. Excellent pachadi to relish with a bowl of vegetable pulao.

  4. Didn't knw tat e can make pachadi withpodalangai! Very interesting!

  5. @ Anu - thanks... I am trying to make a comeback :) the recipe for Thovve is right in the above dish (its hyperlinked). Check it out..


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