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 Kudua 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 Kudua said...

seema..surprise for u in my blog...


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 :-)

Anonymous 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.

EC 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. :)

EC said...

Another award for u on my blog

Divya Kudua 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