Padwal Chana Dal Sabzi | Snake gourd chana dal sabzi

Padwal Chana Dal Sabzi

Padwal Chana Dal Sabzi – a simple sabzi made with minimal ingredients.

Padwal/snake gourd is one vegetable which I rarely cooked. But few months ago, I tried making Padwal with chana dal using goda masala and it was a super hit at home. Since then Padwal chana dal sabzi has become a regular at my place. It is very simple to make and pairs well with chapatis or varan bhaat. Goda masala is a Maharashtrian spice blend and has a distinct aroma and flavour.  Addition of goda masala to Padwal chana dal sabzi elevates its  taste and flavour.  Here goes the recipe:


300 gms Snake gourd (padwal)
1/3 cup split Bengal gram (chana dal)
2 tsp oil (tel)
1 tsp mustard seeds (rai/sarso)
few curry leaves (kadi patta)
1 onion, chopped (pyaaz)
1 tiny tomato, chopped (tamatar)
3 to 4 cloves of garlic, chopped (lehsun)
1 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tsp red chilli powder (laal mirch)
1 tbsp goda masala
1 tsp jaggery powder (gud)
1/3 cup grated fresh coconut (nariyal)
salt as per taste (namak)

Padwal Chana Dal Sabzi


  • Wash and soak chana dal for 4 hours
  • Scrape the outer skin of snake gourd using a knife or spoon.
  • Wash, deseed and chop into tiny pieces. Keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  • When the seeds start spluttering, add chopped garlic and onions.
  • Saute till the onions turn soft.
  • Add chopped tomato and saute for few minutes.
  • Add soaked chana dal.
  • Add ¼ cup of water and cook covered for 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Now, add chopped snake gourd.
  • Add turmeric powder, cover the pan and cook.
  • Keep stirring at regular intervals and add water if required.
  • When snake gourd and chana dal are cooked, add red chilli powder, goda masala, salt and jaggery powder. Mix well.
  • Add grated coconut and mix.
  • Cover the pan and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Padwal chana dal sabzi is ready to be served.