Pudalangai Pulao

Snake gourd is known as pudalangai in Tamil. Pudanlagai is a locally grown perineal vegetable. It is low in calories and has high water content and fibre. It is a good source of antioxidants and is anti inflammatory in nature. This is one vegetable which can included regularly in your diet for managing any lifestyle disorder and weight loss.

Pudalangai is also a very pocket friendly vegetable.

Generally, Pudalangai is used to make poriyal and kootu. But today, I made a very unique and interesting dish with Pudalangai. I made Pudalangai Pulao. Yes, yes! You read it right.😊

I had planned to make Pulao today, assuming we had some carrot, beans etc at home. But nothing was there. In fact there was no onion too. Only Pudalangai, tomatoes and yellow pumpkin was there.

So I decided to make a Pulao with Pudalangai and served it with chole ( made only with tomatoes).

Pudalangai Pulao was indeed very delicious, very mild and light on the stomach. I feel this is one good way to include this vegetable in kids diet who are generally not very fond of this vegetable.

As always, this is also a simple recipe which needs only the basic ingredients available in the kitchen. We all enjoyed having it lunch today and I do hope you all would enjoy too.😊

Pudalangai Pulao


Basmati rice – 1 cup

Sliced Pudalangai- 1 cup

Butter – 1 tbsp

Whey water/ plain water – 2 cups

Bay leaf – 1

Cinnamon – 1 inch

Cardamom – 4

Cloves – 4

Salt – 3/4th tsp ( or to taste)


1. Wash and soak basmati rice for 15-20 mins. Drain and keep it aside.

2. Heat butter in a pan. Add the whole spices- bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cardamom and cloves. Sauté and then add sliced Pudalangai.

3. Sauté for few mins, add little salt and continue to cook it for few mins.

4. Now, add the drained rice and 2 cups of whey water and salt to taste. Mix well.

5. Once the water starts simmering, cover the pan with a lid and cook till the rice becomes tender.

6. Please note that rice grain should be separate and not mashed up.

7. Serve the Pulao with dal and subzi of your choice 😊

Pudalangai Pulao