Snake gourd recipe with coconut

Try this simple and healthy recipe of snake gourd that is full of nutrition and excellent for your heart and skin


Snake gourd, the humble ‘padwal‘ [as called in hindi] is loaded with nutrition. Being from the gourd family, it is low in calories, high in anti-oxidants, and good for the digestive system.

Snake gourd recipe with coconut


  • Snake gourd: 250g
  • Turmeric powder: 1tsp
  • Red chilli powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder: 1 tsp
  • Desiccated or fresh coconut: 2 tbsp
  • Oil: 1tbsp
  • Salt, as you prefer

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Preparation method

  1. Wash and peel the snake gourd, cut in length-wise, then de-seed
  2. Chop into small pieces
  3. Transfer the gourd to a pressure cooker, added very little water, just enough to cover the vegetables and then cook on high flame for 2 whistles
  4. Once the steam settles, drain the water and keep the snake gourd aside
  5. In a pan, heat 1tbsp oil. Add 1tsp mustard seeds
  6. Once the crackle, add sliced onion
  7. Saute well, till the onion is soft, but not brown
  8. Then add the snake gourd. Add the spices and salt and mix well
  9. Cover and cook for 1-2 minutes
  10. Then add the coconut and mix well. Cover and cook for 1-2 minutes more
  11. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve warm.

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Grazilia Almeida-Khatri
Trained as a physician, Dr Grazilia Almeida-Khatri is a wellness coach and consultant. She endorses yoga as a way of life and conducts wellness and yoga retreats for individuals and corporates. She is also trained in Pilates by Michael King, who is based in the UK. Dr Grazilia is a practitioner of the Body Mirror System of healing as taught by Sir Martin Brofman. She lives in Pune, India and offers consultations in person and online.


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