Monday, April 27, 2009

Tale of two Beerakaya ~ One being the Beerakaya Kura or Ridge gourd curry!

It all started with hubby dear coming home with two long Ridge gourd! Now what would one do at that point you tell. Ok you may not know the background story right. Its the same old complaint that its the same old veggies at the market and nothing new to create a new dish. Rather we end up buying the same old veggies. Well hearing such complaints just before leaving, am sure offsets anybody. And hubby dear is no different, I tell you. He got fed with us complaining that he never gets anything different apart from the radiant carrots or the lean mean bean or the stout cabbages or the plum tomatoes or the pungent onions. I guess that's about makes it a whole lot right.

Anyway on this occasion, he said he will come with something different. And different it was, cos Ridge gourd is not something that I cook often. More so after he started complaining that I make it so bland. Am sure my hubby dears penchant for spicy food is well known by now. So lest I overlook at that aspect, he reminds me quite often that my Beerakaya Pappu is not what he calls his cup of dish in this case! Actually that's the second tale, infact.

Let me first tell the first one please. When we realized that hubby dear cannot digest pappu, we decided its going to be the kura! You know right, Kura gets beautified with ginger garlic paste and other assorts of spices, not to mention you either have the option of highlighting it with coconut pate or ground nut powder. True to my genes, I prefer groundnut powder anyways. It was quite surprising that this kura went into oblivion after a while. We completely stopped cooking this at home, all maybe because hubby dear had no love more hate relationship with this vegetable.

Ridge Gourd Curry

Now he finally comes home with not one but two of them. That for sure is an overdose I tell you. I have not one, but two different ways to cook those delicate darlings. Surprise surprise, both were not featured here. Is that God sent or what! So you get to see or read the first tale, second one follows a while!

Ingredients Needed:

Ridge Gourd / Beerakaya - 1 medium
Onions - 1/2 medium
Tomatoes - 1 medium
Chili powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Roasted Groundnut powder -1 - 2 tsp

For tempering:

Curry leaves + mustard seeds, urad dal
Oil - 1 tsp
Salt to taste

Method to prepare:

Grate the outer skin of the vegetable. The outer skin can be made into a Beerakaya pachadi

Wash and then Chop into 1' pieces.

Heat a pan with oil, add the mustard, urad dal and curry leaves. fry for 1 min.

Then add the chopped onions, sauté, then add the tomatoes along with spice powders and salt. Fry till tomatoes are little mushy.


Add the chopped ridge gourd, fry well. Add required water. Cover with lid covered and simmer for 10 - 15 mins. The ridge gourd gets cooked easily enough.

Check in between. Once done, remove lid and add the groundnut powder and bring to boil. You can remove when it reaches a thick consistency enough to be served with chapatis.

This goes well with rice too. I blogged the pachadi a year back and getting back to post this kura only now!

Enjoy this and hope you will be back to hear the tale of the two Ridge Gourd! Till then have a great week ahead.

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Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Beerakaya Kura so delectable and the color is utterly inviting!!!

Happy cook said...

Ridge gourd is one of my fav veg, especially made them together with dal and this curry sounds so yumm.
Wish i gor ridge gourd here.

Parita said...

The curry looks delicious...grt for rotis..

Pooja said...

Wow this looks tempting..I have never tried making curry with this..must have tasted great with roasted, grounded groundnuts!

Superchef said...

ive never cooked with ridge gourd sof ar..wonder why??!! this one looks absolutely delicious!! :)

Madhu said...

I love this vegetable, nice recipe with peanut powder in it. Looks delicious.

Suparna said...

Hi Shri,
Love to read ur write ups...nice flow of words, simple n typical Indian writing :)
Curry looks bright and sausy n spiced up.

Pooja said...

Yummy curry..Nice oolor..

meeso said...

Hmmm, that looks so good and healthy!

Sanghi said...

Yummy healthy pachadi..! Do check my blog for FIL season 2..!

Pavithra Kodical said...

Delicious curry..

Divya Vikram said...

Nice story! Curry looks yummy with the chapathis!

Prathibha said...

yummy curry....

Varunavi said...

Loved the ingredients of the curry.btw yesterday i posted beerakaya tokku pachadi:)

homecooked said...

The curry looks really yummy with the chapathis!

Dhanasakthi said...

Is this peerkankai in Tamil? if so, I too got 2 of this vegetable this week and may go for a try with groundnut powder (The photo of dish was very inviting). I used to with moong dal.

Khaugiri said...

Nice picture and lovely curry!!!! Event the pachadi is also nice.

Arundathi said...

Lovely looking curry. We actually make it very often at home but mostly non-spicy too.

Bhawna said...

Curry looks good, groundnuts making it more special.

A_and_N said...

Oh wow, I've only tried bajji and Togeyal with ridge gourd.

Helene said...

I can just imagine the smell in the house. Beautiful dish.

munchcrunchandsuch said...

blog hopped from somewhere. the subji looks tempting.I havent tried much with ridge gourd.looks good. Btw, i have started my food blog a day ago.

saveetha said...


i was searching something diff for the ridgeguard other than the kootu(with dal) and got ur wonderful recipe. I cooked it today for roti and was simply superb. me and my hubby enjoyed it a lot.


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