Snake Gourd Stir Fry

So this post brings out the Mallu (Malayalee – a person from Kerala, South India) in me. Thoran is basically a vegetable dish sautéed with Indian spices and coconut flakes/bits. It is quite frequently eaten in Kerala especially for lunch and is a delicious add on to steamed rice or fresh rotis. As a kid, during the weekends, my parents would make different types of thorans with different vegetables (beetroot, raddish, carrot, beans, plantain, various leaves, variety of gourds etc.) as the main ingredient. Some were delicious and some were eaten more for it’s health benefits. I used frozen snake gourd for my recipe as it’s difficult to get fresh gourd over here, but fresh gourds are always better. Traditional recipes call for curry leaves and some other spices which were not available to me. Nevertheless, this is still a delicious recipe with my own twist to it and  can be made fast and used with various vegetables as well.

{Recipe}
Snake gourd stir fry

INGREDIENTS:
Snake gourd-1 pound
Cumin seeds-1tsp
Fennel seeds-1tsp
Mustard seeds-1tsp
Minced garlic cloves-1tbsp
Red chili flakes-1tbsp
Turmeric powder-1/2tsp
Garam masala powder-1tbsp
Coconut flakes- 1 cup
Salt
Red wine vinegar – 1tbsp Fresh Parsley
Cayenne pepper-1tsp
Oil

PREPARATION:
1)In a curved pan, add some oil. Heat up the oil, and then add the cumin seeds, fennel seeds, mustard seeds and sauté for a couple of minutes.
2)Then add the minced garlic and red chili flakes and sauté for another 2 minutes. Add some red wine vinegar as well.
3)Then add the sliced up snake gourd to the pan and stir fry with the oil and spices.
4)Add some turmeric powder and garam masala along with cayenne pepper. Mix well. Cook for about 15 minutes. Stir at the halfway mark.
5)Then add the coconut flakes and cook for 5 minutes. Stir well. Serve as shown with some parsley on top. Enjoy! 🙂

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. montrealray says:

    I had not heard of this fruit and after reading both your recipe and checking out what snake gourd was, I want to try it. It will require I modify it because I cannot eat dishes that are too spicy, I eat mildly so only, but I will share you recipe ‘as is’ with my social media contacts.
    I was at first interested because of the use of ‘snake’ for the principal ingredient’s name, in the name. I know I know, it has nothing to do with the meaty stuff. I have eaten actual snake when I visited Singapore, liked it, so I was curious. I hope others will be curious too.

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    1. myfoodswings says:

      Yes! That’s one of the reasons I posted it, as many are not aware of it.. 🙂

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  2. This looks delish! I love Indian food but it never seems to turn out for me.

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    1. myfoodswings says:

      Thank you! 🙂

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  3. I have no idea what a snake gourd is must google. I do love the way you tie it together with stories of your childhood 💕

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    1. myfoodswings says:

      Thank you so much! 🙂

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  4. chefshel11 says:

    I have never heard of a snake gourd but the dish looks delicious!

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    1. myfoodswings says:

      Thank you so much! 🙂

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