Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ridge gourd (Peerkanghai)

Ridge gourd is among my all-time favorite vegetable.  Ridge gourds are available in the Indian stores.  I like the vegetable so much that I make chutney out of the skin of ridge gourd. I will post the recipe for Chutney in a different post. This is a simple recipe with minimum ingredients but mostly DELICIOUS. Enjoy!


Ridge Gourd - 2-3 
Onion - 1/2
Green chillies - 3-4
Curry leaves
Cilantro leaves
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Toor dhal - 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp


1. Cook the Toor dhal in a pressure cooker separately.  Peel and cut the ridge gourd into small pieces.

2. Heat oil in a pan and  add the cumin seeds.  When the cumin seeds splutter, add the chopped onions, curry leaves and green chillies. Fry the onions till they are golden brown.
3. Now add the Ridge gourd, salt and turmeric powder.  You don't need to add any water. When the vegetable is cooked, you can add the cooked toor dhal.

4. Serve the vegetable with rice. I like the combination of rice, Vatha Kulambu and Ridge gourd kuttu.

Tip : If you have a pressure cooker, then you can skip step 1 and add the toor dhal (uncooked) before closing the lid and cook the vegetable with the Toor dhal.  You don't have to add any water.


  1. andha padathula irukura kathrikai recipe pls ;-) yes,'vathakulambu - tamarind' taste goes well with 'veg - dhal' !

  2. Sure Maha - I will post the recipe for Ennai Kathirikai soon..:)

  3. neyar virupathai poorthi seidhamaiku NANDRI THOZHI ! Got brinjals to try out for the w/e but just realized no peanuts at home (my daughter has nuts allergy n hence I don't carry at home usually) :-( Will keep you posted sooner or later. THANKS buddy !