Friday, January 31, 2014

Poddale bea sannapolo ( snake-gourd seed spicy dosa/pancake)

Poddale  bea sannapolo ( snake-gourd seed spicy dosa/pancake)

Every time my mother-in-law makes poddale upkari( snake-gourd stir fry), she saves the seeds from the snake-gourd and makes this dish. It's so easy to make, is spicy and delicious. It compliments the rather bland stir-fry that we make of the snake-gourd ( because of the kids).

Servings: 4


Seeds from 2 medium sized poddale ( snake gourd) : approximately 1/2 cup
Rice flour: 1/2 cup
Chili powder ( cayenne pepper ): 1/4 tsp
Asofoetida: a pinch
Tamarind juice: 1 tsp
Salt: to taste ( roughly 1/4 tsp)
Oil: for greasing the skillet.


Take the  poddale ( snake-gourd) seeds in a mortar and pestle. Add the salt to it and gently pound it till seeds are lightly crushed. Now put the crushed seeds in a small bowl, add rice flour, chili powder( cayenne pepper ),hing and tamarind juice to it
and mix well. Add just enough rice flour so as to provide the required binding to the seeds. Do not add water. You will now have a thick batter. Heat the skillet, add 1 tsp oil to grease it. Reduce the flame to low and now add one ladleful of batter to the skillet and make a dosa(
pancake of medium thickness. Let it cook for 4-5mins. You can brush some oil around it to prevent it from burning. When done, flip it over and let it cook for another 4-5 mins on low flame.

Enjoy crispy poddale sannapolo ( snake-gourd seed spicy dosa/pancake) with rice and dal or kanji( rice porridge).

Tips for healthy living:

Diets do not work! Did I offend you? Think about it... You might temporarily lose weight but after a period of time you are back where you started if not worse.

Long-term weight lose/ weight maintenance can only be achieved by lifestyle changes. You can take one step at a time.Avoid processed foods. Eat only home-cooked meals. Reduce your portions.Avoid soda & other sugary drinks. Eat sweets/ desserts and fried items only on occasion. You will notice I have used the word 'avoid' and not 'give-up'. We all need our occasional indulgences. When you give- up something, chances are your mind will start craving it to the point that you can't think of anything else!

Food for thought:
Drops of water make a mighty ocean ( Ebenezar Brewer).