Jul 11, 2014

Potlakaya Nuvvula Podi Kura ~ Snake Gourd with Sesame Seeds Powder Stir Fry

Usually I make simple stir-fry with Snake Gourd, but never tried with any other seasonings. I have heard from my good friend about the Nuvvula Podi (sesame seeds powder) combination with Potlakaya (Snake Gourd) Stir-Fry several times. Nuvvual Podi is pretty famous and part of daily delicacies in the Andhra Kitchen. It adds lot of nice creamy flavor as sesame seeds are rich in nutrients and full of oil. So Today I have tried that combination and really liked it, it was a hit on the dinner table for my family. It is a nice addition to my Andra Recipes Collection. Here is the recipe, Njoy!

Potlakaya Kura with Nuvvula Podi

Snake Gourd - 1 ( medium) or ( 1 Cup cut-up)
Onion - 1/2 cup ( chopped)
Green Chili - 2
Curry Leaves - 5
Chana Dal - 1 tsp
Urad Dal - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric - 1 tsp
salt - 1 tsp
Oil - 1 Tbsp

Sesame Seeds Powder:
Sesame Seeds - 1 Tbsp
Rice - 1 Tbsp ( raw rice)
Red Chilies - 5 ( dry & whole)

Method to make Sesame Seeds Powder:
Roast the sesame seeds in the non stick pan at medium heat and set aside. In the same pan roast Red Chilies along with Rice. Now Grind all 3 ingredients in the small mixe jar or spice jar into fine powder.


  1. Heat the non-stick pan and add oil to it. Once the oil is hot add Chana Dal, Urad Dal, Cumin Seeds, Mustard Seeds followed by curry leaves.
  2. Add chopped green chili and onion to the tempering in the pan. Add turmeric powder and saute for few minutes until onions become soft. 
  3. Add chopped snake gourd to the pan saute them well along with onions and tempering. Close the lid and let it simmer for 10 min. Now the snake gourd will become cooked and become soft, at this time add salt and saute for 5 more minutes. 
  4. Now add Sesame Seeds powder to the pan and mix it well and stir-fry everything on high heat for the last 5 min.
  5. Now switch-off the stove and transfer the fry to serving bowl. Sprinkle some cilantro on top and serve hot with Warm White Rice. Hmmm that sounds YummM!

Some more recipe collections to Check out:
Andhra Recipes Collection
Stir-Fry / Vepudu 

will be back with more seasonal and regional recipes!
until then take care


  1. Irresistible side dish, can have it happily with a bowl of rasam rice.

    1. Hmmm Rasam Rice , now that makes my mouthwatering!

  2. Yum.! Must be very aromatic and flavourful.

  3. Very nice recipe. My husband is from Bobbili and their recipes contain a lot of sesame... I have been looking for some sesame recipes. Thanks for sharing.



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