How to cook snakeguard (pudalankai) ?

Snake guard or pudalankai is one of the most common summer vegetable widely cooked. It is usually cooked as a poriyal or a kootu with chana dal.
The outer skin has a thin white coat which should be removed before cooking. Siddha medicine says that pudalankai can create Vaatham. But it also recommends a purifying method to remove the dosha.

How to cook pudalankai ?

Step1 : Cut the long vegetable into 6-10 inch long pieces and wash them thoroughly.

Step 2: Scrape the outer skin very lightly so that the thin white skin is removed. You can use a blunt knife for this.


Step 3 : Now split each piece into two vertically


Step 4: Remove the white soft pith inside with a spoon.


Step 5: Now chop the long vertical slice finely. Repeat till you are done with all pieces.



Now for 4 cups of chopped pudalankai add 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric and 1/4 teaspoon salt and mix well.

Keep this in a vessel slightly tilted. After 20-30 minutes you can see liquid collected in the vessel. Drain it thoroughly and now the pudalankai is ready for cooking. You can make a stir fry or steam cook and make a kootu too.


8 comments on “How to cook snakeguard (pudalankai) ?

  1. In AP, there’s a belief that you can’t eat snakegourd and eggs at the same time. I’m not fond of cooking this veggie but if someone cooks it, I will eat it.

  2. Yeah pics would help, I am getting confused 🙂

  3. I’ve never done any of these steps Nirmala! Did not know that the white skin had to be removed. I wonder if they do it with the frozen stuff. I only de-seed and chop them in semi circles and use them in my fav stir fry or in kootu. I don’t find it that often, will surely keep these tips in mind.

  4. Hey did you change your template again? Looks good!

  5. I miss eaiting this veggie…unfortunately i dont find it here.

  6. So many yummy recipes here!

  7. Makes it a lot more easier to understand but hard to prep 🙂 I don’t think I have cooked this one

  8. -when i see this sold it has some type of thin film on it like a plastic type thing that flakes off. do they spray these with some wax? or is it naturally like that?

    -why we scrape it, why remove the insides and why discard the liquid that comes out of it?

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