Potlakaya Kura / Snake Gourd with Dal || Side Dish || No Onion-Garlic Recipe || Lunch

Side dish: Roti / Rice : South India

Servings: 4

Duration: Β 20 mins

Any Indian meal contains Dal, curry, rice, roti and curd it’s so authentic and traditional to have a meal with curries and it gives you so much satisfaction with happiness. All these curries which I was prepared are the same process following from many generations and learnt from others like grand-grand parents. It’s like a chain process and love to know more and more from grand parents.

Curry is a side dish either wet/ dry prepared out of vegetables/ leafy vegetables. It should be cooked and make sure it contain some amount of nutrients in it for good health diet. You can dip roti in curry and eat, you feel the flavours of it really delicious πŸ˜‹

In South India it’s common recipe and should be a side dish in every meal, this Dal suits with any rice/jeera rice/ fresh hot rice with ghee if you like to have it with any phulka/ Roti then it’s great combination πŸ‘

Coming to Recipe, I don’t know how many of you know snake Gourd or tasted it or love this vegetable, but I like this a lot in any form either it could be fry, stir fry, curry or mix in Dal. If anyone of you doesn’t taste yet must try!

Today I prepared Dal with snake gourd and it is a no onion garlic recipe, if you’re in vrat / pooja , you can have it nicely.

Nutrition facts:

Snake Gourd: Β Vitamins A & C. Minerals iron , calcium, potassium and sodium

Bengal Gram:Β Vitamins B6. Minerals iron , calcium, potassium, magnesium, fiber, protein and sodium

Let’s start with Ingredients and follows Procedure:


  • Snake Gourd/ Potlakaya – 1 – medium – peeled off – diced
  • Bengal gram – 80 gms – soak for 30 mins
  • Tomatoes πŸ…Β – 2 – medium – Diced
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilly powder – 1/2 tb sp
  • Coriander powder – Β 1/4 cup
  • Fresh grated coconut – 6 tb sp
  • Green chillies – 4 – Slices
  • Salt – 1/2 tb sp

For Tempering:

  • Mustard seeds/ Avvalu – 1 tea spoon
  • Cumin seeds/ Jeera – 1 tea spoon
  • Urad dal/ Minapappu – 1 tea spoon
  • Curry leaves – 4 to 5
  • Oil – 1 tb sp



  • Heat cooker over low to medium heat
  • Add oil
  • Add tempering
  • Let them splutter
  • Add tomatoes & Saute 1 min
  • Add spices, salt and turmeric powder
  • Add soaked Dal & chopped snake Gourd
  • Saute and add 2 cups of water
  • Close the cooker with lid and whistle
  • Cook for 3 whistles over medium heat
  • Let it become cool
  • Open cooker and it’s cooked well
  • Mash gently with masher
  • Add chopped coriander leaves
  • Mix well
  • Potlakaya Kura ready to serve
  • Serve it with rice / roti
  • Happy cooking & enjoy your day πŸ™‚

Step by step process shown below with pictures:





  • Adjust spices according to taste
  • Double the ingredients to Increase the quantity
  • Perserve upto 3 days in refrigerator ( i think you would finish it before ☺️ )
  • If you don’t like or don’t find snake gourd, you can replace it with Bottle Gourd/ Potato πŸ₯”
  • No onion garlic recipe
  • If you would like have it with onion & garlic. You can add 1/2 diced onion & 2 chopped cloves, add these two after tempering ☺️
  • Hope you like it

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20 Comments Add yours

  1. Sandhya says:

    Looks yummy Ramya!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ramyarecipes says:

      Hi sandhya,
      It turned out super yummy, give it a try.. thank you for visiting my blog πŸ™‚πŸ‘


  2. Looks Delicious. Your version is different from mine. Will try some time.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ramyarecipes says:

      Nice to know dimple, have you shared ?
      Thank you 😊


      1. Not yet Ramya.

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Veggie snack gourd is very new to me. I have not tasted it before. What we call it in hindi because I doubt whether it is available at our place and if available will surely try your recipe.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ramyarecipes says:

      I’m happy to know surbhi , it called in Hindi “chichinda” and thanks for showing interest to make it 😊


      1. I will try my best to search for it and make this recipe

        Liked by 1 person

  4. jyo says:

    Even our family fav too…penned nicely Ramya ✌✌

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ramyarecipes says:

      Nice to know, thanks jyo πŸ‘


  5. Megala says:

    Delicious & comforting dal !

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ramyarecipes says:

      Yes dear, thank you 😊

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Can’t wait to try this recipe .

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ramyarecipes says:

      I’m happy to know.. then try it and let me know how it turned out…
      Thank you 😊

      Liked by 1 person

  7. BEENA'S RECIPES says:

    Excellent dish

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ramyarecipes says:

      Thank you 😊


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