The snake gourd (chichinda), also well-known as Chinese cucumber, occupies an essential place amongst healthy vegetables in India.It is an annual plant and belongs to the gourd family Cucurbitaceae. It is of extremely rapid growth and of climbing habit.Snake gourd
juice and leaves are often suggested by experts in natural and alternative medicine for treating some common ailments and problems. Snake gourd is mentioned in earliest Ayurveda texts for its medicinal properties.
Snake gourd consist of important amount of humidity and little protein, fiber, fat and carbohydrate .Its mineral and vitamins contents are calcium, iron,
phosphorus, substantial amount of carotene, little thiamine, riboflavin and niacin.
- Snake gourd is very high in water satisfied and has a cooling effect on the body, hence this summer vegetablethat nature provides in such a timely behavior helps in handling the summer heat.
- Because of its high water substance, snake gourd is low in calories, fat-free but filling, and great to restrain in weight-loss menus.
- Snake gourd also contains a lot of fiber which can help maintain your digestive region healthy. The fiber is also helpful for those with diabetes.
- Snake gourd is a good resource of minerals like magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus.
- Snake gourd helps inspire the production of body fluids, relieving dryness.
- The juice of the fresh leaves of snake gourd is useful in the disorders of the heart like palpitation
and painin the heart on physical effort.
- Snake gourd roots, on the other hand, provide as tonic and purgative. While its juice works as a strong purgative, a dried fruit combination would be a milder purgative that helps indigestion.
- Snake gourd leaves are helpful as a purgative and emetic in constipated children, while its fresh juice works on poorly children through early mornings.
- The juice of snake gourd leaves is helpful in treating alopecia, as well, a scalp sickness that results in partial or total baldness. Despite the
health benefitsof snake gourd, do remain in mind that its seeds and ripe fruit are laxatives, though, so they might source indigestion if eaten as food.
- This can also be used locally when liver jamming is present. As for remittent fevers, the entire body can be applied with snake gourd.
Now on to the recipe
Snake Gourd - 1/4 kg
Coconut - 1 cup
Green chili - 4
Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Onion - 1 cup sliced
Broken chana Dal - 1/4 cup
Salt to taste
For tempering - curry leaves , mustard seeds and oil
Prep the snake gourd. Srivalli's post on this will help you understand it
Cut it into small cubes and set aside
Soak the broken chana dal for about 30 mins in hot water
In a pressure pan take the cut snake gourd along with the chana dal and cook for 3 whistles
If you are using a microwave, then cook for 10 mins in high
Do not drain away the water.
In a blender take the coconut, green chili and cumin seeds
Make a thick slightly coarse paste using little water
In a wok, heat oil and then add the mustard seeds followed by the curry leaves
Add the sliced onions and saute well
Now add the boiled snake gourd and the ground paste
Let it cook well until the raw smell is gone
Adjust salt to suit your taste.
This kootu tastes divine with Parupu Podi