Saturday, May 31, 2008

Beerakaya Tokku pachadi, Ridgegourd Peel Chutney ~ Andhra Special!

Growing up, Ridge gourd was not a vegetable I liked to eat. I have always known Amma making a dal with this, though I never complained, somehow managed to eat without making a fuss. After marriage, when I made that dal, I got strong opposion from hubby dear for this. Reason being that that dal can never be spicy. Amma even now fondly says that she can't make it as well as her mom did. So Ridge gourd doesn't find itself much on our table. So imagine my surprise when Athamma re introduced this as Kura. Give a vegetable to Athamma and she is bound to come out with either a kura or a chutney.

Since hubby dear has no problem in eating this vegetable as kura, we started including this again. We call anything without dal in it as kura and normally taken with chapatis, though it tastes great with rice too. As its chapatis for dinner without fail, making curry with different vegetable makes my life easy. So every 15 days once, we find ourselves peeling a ridge gourd for dinner. Amma also used to prepare a chutney with the Ridge gourd peels. And I remembered the chutney while cooking with the vegetable.

Amma normally prepares that tokku or chutney when she peels off too much of the skin. Since the dal doesn't really require so much skin, the peel finds itself changed into a chutney. And that's what we did too!

This is a very simple one. You can ingredients like Cumin, Coriander seeds. But we have not included any of those.

Ingredients needed:

Ridge gourd Peels - 1 cup
Onions - 1 small
Tomato - 1 small
Red chillies - 4-5
Tamarind - 1"
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tsp

Beera kaya Kura, Bitter gourd stir fry, Ridge gourd peel Chutney with Rice ~ our dinner!

Method to prepare

Wash and wipe the ridge gourd. Peel the skin off the Ridge gourd. Chop the other vegetables.

Heat a pan with oil. Sauté the onions, tomatoes, Red chilies and finally the peels. Let it get fried well.

Remove and let it cool. Once cooled, add the salt and tamarind and grind to a smooth paste.

This goes excellently with chapatis or hot rice with ghee!

This is my entry for Weekend herb Blogging hosted by Wandering Chopsticks.. WHB is an event started by Kalyn!


Today marks the last day in Recipe Marathon and that depresses me very much. I have really enjoyed being a part of the team running along with dishes everyday. I wish to thank Siri and Dhivya for coming out with such fabulous idea!

Will update on the menu later, do come back to check!

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Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Hi Srivalli

It was a pleasure seeing you today..Really we had lost track of each other..Lets be regular now..
I missed many lovely posts of yours,..Not any more :)

Take care

Aparna said...

A great alternative to cocnut chutney.
Ridgegourd is a not something we like, but we like this chutney.
But then what do I do with the inside? So I steam it and add it the chutney! I make mine without the tomato.

Arundathi said...

that sounds really unusual - a chutney with the peel? what do you do with the insides?

satya said...

Simple pachhchadi without any popu...?? Should try...,.Btw, kaakarakaya vepudu looks very yummy..))

Siri said...

Oh ya, my ammama used to make this beerakaya tokku koora Valli.. and nenu ane danni 'tokku ni kooda vadalava ammama ani'.. hehehe.. looks yummy ...

*sob face*.. today is the last day for RM..hope we cud chat up regularly in OUR group irrespective of whether RM is ON or OFF.. what say gurls??


indosungod said...

Valli, never touched ridge gourd when it was abudantly available now I search and search but can't find any :(

Well,well as for hubby dear was the way it was prepared that made him eat or who it was prepared by that made him eat, check with him Disclaimer: I am not trying to create family problems here. Trust me. ;)

Rachel said...

made use of the peel..looks lovely...

kamala said...

Love this chutney Valli.BTW I like ur gravy in the side too.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

My mom used to do this. Ur looks YUM!... Nice recipe to try. Loved the combo of roti with it.

ranji said...

Hi sri!!!the platter looks delicious..even i love the ridgegourd peel chutney..i havent made it but i remember my aunt made it many times and i relsihed good to have with idli and dosas!!

ranji said...

I also want to add even i feel bad that the marathon is ending today...i sure enjoyed being a part of the team:)

Hetal said...

This chutney looks delicious....I also make ridge gourd chutney,but its slightly different than this..

TBC said...

I like the chutney. I've never used rg like this.:D

Madhu said...

Chutney is delicious, only time i get to eat ridge gourd is when I am in India, miss them so much.

Gaurav said...

Nice pachadi. Ridgegourd happens to be my pop-in-laws fav. Might make this next time he's visiting us.
BTW have a surprise for u on my blog :)

Lavi said...

such a tempting plate srivalli..

hope you recovered from illness...i could'nt call u as i was busy.

Sandeepa said...

Have never had ridgegourd chutney, you guys are master in making chutneys out of all veggies, would love to taste some

Cham said...

I ve tasted in my friend's house this chutney... What a wonderful Marathon u ve done! I admire all who participated with good spirit!

ashwin_bharathi said...

how to make Beera kaya Kura?,pls post the receipe

Srivalli said...

Swati, yes looks like time just flew and we have not kept up with each others blogs..will check on yours regularly now!

Aparna, thats a great one..will try that out next time

Arundathi, but not so with Andhra..this is quite a common one...we either make a gravy with the inside one!

satya, yeah quite simple..thank you!

Siri, glad you remembered your granny!..:)

indo, heheh..that happens right...hahahah...actually its both..pappu becos it was quite kura as it was prepared by his mom...don't worry I have had many arguments on this account already!

Rachel, thank y ou!

kamala, thank you..will post that soon!

Sukanya, thank you!

ranji, yeah this goes well with dosas!..not to worry on the RM..we can always mail

Hetal, yeah do try and let me know!

TBC, then I recommend you do..its great!

Madhu, yeah thats bad that you don't get them over there...

Gaurav, heheh..try for him then...thanks for the thought

Lavi, yeah thank you..feeling much better now!

Sandeepa, hhehe...yeah as I said..give a veggie to my mother in law and you will have a chutney ..:)

Cham, thank you..glad we had support!

bharathi, thanks for the comment..will post it sometime soon!

Kalai said...

I love this chutney, Valli! I also make it, but a little differently. Will try your version next time. Looks delicious! :)

Wandering Chopsticks said...

Thanks for the submission! I learned a new method for preparing ridgegourd. I usually just make a light soup of it with shrimp.

Srivalli said...

Kalai, sure do try and let me know!

WC, soup with RG..thats great..thanks for hosting this event!

Kalyn said...

Very interesting. I love the idea of not wasting the peels!

Pavitra Venkat said...

i was just going through rest of the recipes on ur blog and hit on this...looks yummy...will give it a try...
we prepare the same pachadi in a little different way..try it and let me know if you liked it.. :)

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