Sunday, 26 May 2013

Ridge gourd Gravy - Peerkangai Gravy

Serves 3
If like me, you are also bored of pairing up ridge gourd with dhal you would love this:-) My mom adds ridge gourd to a prawn gravy and it tastes absolutely yum.I had a few ridge gourds lying around and din't feel like making another dhal preparation with it ,so made this easy dish instead.This is a very mild and flavorful dish.Tastes great as a side dish with dosas or rotis. But tastes best when you have it with plain cooked rice and a dollop of Ghee :-)

You'll need:
Ridge gourd - 2 big ones
Onion - 1/2 a medium one
Tomato - 1/2 a medium one(chopped)
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1/2 - 3/4 tsp
Fennel powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Thick coconut milk - 2 tbsp
Salt as needed
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Coriander leaves - 2 - 3 sprigs(chopped finely)

-Clean the ridge gourd and peel the skin.You can preserve the skin to make a chutney.Chop it into medium sized pieces.Chop the onions lengthwise into thin slices.
-To a pressure cooker add the chopped Ridge gourd,little salt and 1/2 a cup of water.Pressure cook for 1 whistle and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
-Add oil in a pan,when it heats up splutter the mustard seeds and curry leaves. Add the onions and some salt.Saute until the onions are slightly browned.
-Add the Tomatoes and mix well,add the cumin powder,chilli powder,turmeric powder,coriander powder and fennel powder.Mix well.Cover and cook on a low flame for 4 - 5 minutes or until the tomatoes are well cooked and the mixture oozes out oil.
-Add the cooked ridge gourd along with the water and the coriander leaves.Mix well,check for salt.Let it boil until all the water evaporates and the mixture becomes dry.
-Add the coconut milk and mix well.Let it boil for 3-4 minutes.Done !

                                              Thanks for stopping by.Happy Cooking !


  1. OHH I make Ridge gourd in a similar way, like curry types but never added coconut milk, will try this!!
    Lovely recipe, Reni!
    Yep, just plain rice and indeed, the ever amazing ghee would be a perfect combo with this gravy!

  2. Love your gravy.. Addition of coconut milk is new to me.. Wish to have it with my chappati

  3. I tasted rigid gourd just once in my life and I liked it!! Mom never gets she says rigid gourd in chennai here isnt as much tasty as in Orrisa village I loved the taste there in orrisa, here never had anytime, Would try ur version if in case ever get one lolz

    1. Thanks Aara ! guess anything from village tastes better due to the fresh air and lack of pollution :)

  4. Healthy and delicious recipe.. Looks yummy Reni :-)

  5. love u r gravy.loved u r version.

  6. love this. yours look delicious

  7. perfect sabji to try..i never use this for making much but love to try

  8. We do enjoy gourds but not sure on the rigid. I just know the bottle gourd but I should look out for it, if not I will have to settle for bottle gourd. Perfect side for rasam and rice.

  9. adding coconut milk must be adding amazing creamy taste to the curry!! Sounds yummy!!


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