Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Podale Cutlets (Snake Gourd Cutlets)

Podale is a Konkani term for Snake gourd, also know as Podalankai in Tamil. It comes either as a long gourd – just like a snake or even a small short one. We make upkari or vegetable out of it. Tamilians make a yum yum kootu too, which I like.

On my visit to my In-laws place my Mil said "Today, we’ll make Podale Cutlets". I said what cutlets??? I never knew Podale was used to make cutlets I said. So she said ok, I’ll teach u. With my camera in one hand & curiosity on the other I entered the kitchen ( which I rarely enter when I am at my in-laws!! ) I took step by step pictures too! She made cutlets out of Podale & they were super delicious!! With so many of us at home, it was over in a second :-)


Podale – 1 ( small)
Green chillies – 4
Potato – 2
Hing – 1/4 tsp
Onion – 1 finely chopped
Fine Rava – little (for dipping)
Oil – for frying.
Salt- to taste


1.Pressure cook the potatos & mash them well.

2. Cut the podale into rounds (about ½” thick) & with a spoon on fingers take out the inside seeds & get it ready.
3.In a mixer or Ragado (traditional stone grinder) make a smooth paste of Green chillies & hing. Transfer to a bowl & add in the mashed potatoes & salt & mix well. Now add very finely chopped onions & mix & make into equal size balls.

4. Now take this potato balls & stuff inside the Podale & evenly press it so that it covers the entire circle of podale.
5. Now dip it in rave & place on a pan & shallow fry. Add oil as required. Cover & cook.
It takes a little while to cook, but worth the time & effort, as once these are ready they wont last long !! Serve it as it is or with ketchup.


Divya said...

hey seema..good to see you back!!podale cutlets look delicious..we too make a similar thing,but just the podale rings,no potatoes-rest of the method is the same..anyway..great entry!!

Red Chillies said...

Seema, so good to have you back after a long break. What a creative idea of cutlets, they look really amazng. Thanks to you and your MIL.

Uma said...

delicious cutlets Seema! nice recipe.

SMN said...

Hey this is a nice way to eat snake gourd which is otherwise not liked by anybody. nice recipe.

Divya said...

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Jayashree said...

Very innovative recipe....I've never thought of using snake gourd in cutlets...

Raaga said...

We make this often... and we call it Pudlet :-)

I can't find snake gourd here at all!

We use the seeds to make pudla beeya pole :-)

Nupur said...

They look too delicious and cut...tiny stuffed rings :) You are right- this is an unusual dish.

Asha said...

Looks great, new way to treat Padavalkai too!:))

I bought 2 of those veggie last month after many yrs, I was in Heaven!:D

Seema said...

Divya- Thanks! Had terrible net probs & was not able to use the comp!! Finally all ok & back too, Feels good !! :-)
You make minus stuffing.. great.Post your method sometime.

RC- Hey! How r u? I know its been long. Havve net nashi hanthu mola manke Jalli! I swear, before things got set right, oh! My God!!
Thanks to my Mil for these Yum Yum Cutlets! Hows S?

Uma- Thank u. Something different with Snake gourd, right?

Smn - Thanks, but my home we love the gourd! I know many dont, but a neat way to get that veggie in too.Cutlets in any form always welcome right?

Divya - Thanks for the surprise, Left comment on your blog to. Will take part soon.

Jayshree- Innovative - Thanks to my Mil! Its her recipe.

Raaga - I can mail u some Podale soon :-) Podale Beeya Polo - Yum yum....Perfect with Dalithoy!

Nupur - Thanks! These r great, very easy to make too.

Asha - A new way for you to try next time u buy this veggie. I know i hardl;y used to get Podalankai while there, even if i got it used to be bitter mostly!

Laavanya said...

Hey Seema great to see you back in action. Hope your net probs are now a thing of the past. These cutlets look awesome! great idea from your MIL. I miss podalangai... rarely get them here and when I do they are too tough.

easycrafts said...

We always stick to curry and kootu with snakegourd...have to try it out soon...thanks for sharing

Richa said...

hi Seema, how hv u been? settled down yet? cutlets sure do look yum, a must try! I had posted paneer stuffed lauki long back.

Sunshinemom said...

New one! Looks simple and nice:) Who knew podalangai could be made this tasty:)

Bhawana said...

Seema I will try this. never thought of something like this :). nice post :).

TBC said...

That's an interesting one. I rarely use this veggie even for regular preparations. :)

easycrafts said...

Another award for u on my blog

Divya said...

hey seema..my e-mail id is right up thr on by blog-if you haven't found it-here it is - divyakudua@gmail.com