Thursday, October 18, 2007

Ridge Gourd and Pea's Curry

With the cold season fast approaching, the farmer’s market in my area didnt have much variety of vegetables to look for. I did manage to spot a few Ridge Gourd’s and gladly got them home. And with Peas, green chilli and coconut put together, it made a delicious curry and I like to call it as Ridge Gourd and Pea's Curry. Simple, eh?!

Ridge Gourd is also known as the silk gourd or luffa. In Kannada, it’s called Heere Kaayi.


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Ingredients:

Ridge Gourd: 1 Medium
Onions: 1 Small
Ginger: 1 small piece
Fresh green Peas / Frozen peas: 1/2 cup
Grated Coconut: 1/2 cup
Green Chillies: 1 or 2, depending on your taste
Poppy Seeds: 1/2 spoon
Milk: 1/4 cup

For tempering:
Mustard seeds; 1/2 spoon
Cumin seeds/Jeera: 1/2 spoon

Salt to taste
Oil

Method:

Wash and peel the gourd. Chop them to small cubes.
Chop onions and ginger

Heat a cooking pan with about 2 spoons of oil. Add the tempering and when done, add in onions. Sauté for about 2-3 mins or until the onions get tender.
Add cubed ridge gourd and peas. Sauté for another minute. Pour in little water, just enough to cook the gourd. Cover it with lid.

In the meanwhile prepare the coconut paste: In a blender, add grated coconut, green Chillies and poppy seeds. Grind them to a paste.

Check if the vegetables are cooked. If yes, take about a big spoonful of the vegetables and blend them together with the coconut paste.

Mix in the coconut paste to the vegetables in the cooking pan. Add salt and check for taste. If the curry is too thick, add little milk to attain desired consistency. Cook for another minute and turn off the heat.


Serve this hot hot curry with Chapatti’s or Roti's. This can also be eaten along with rice.

11 comments:

Asha said...

I bought a Heere kayi last week, made chutney for akki rotti. I love that veggies but get it only in the Indian store here. Curry looks delicious G, will try next time I get it!:))
Happy Dasara, enjoy the weekend.

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Hi grihini......Nice one here....This is one new variety of ridge gourd I learnt today...will make this next time I get them dear...Thanks :-)

Bharathy said...

Fine combo!!Will give a shot soon..recipe seems to be simple too.Thanks for sharing this nice one Grihini :)

Roopa said...

looks delicious nanu sumaru hege madthini swalpa tomato kuuda hakthini :) chapati jothege sakathagi iratte alva!

Kalyan said...

I like this vegetable Ridge Gourd very much. We make a kind of curry with potato & other ingrdients & serve it with rice. I will definitely try your recipe which looks very tempting!

A kitchen scientist & a white rat hubby!!! said...

hi ...first time here....we too make the same, except for it being dal instead of Peas

Mansi Desai said...

hey grihini....my first time here...this looks yummy! I'm hosting AFAM-Peach event on my blog this month, and you still ahve some time ebfore the deadline, so pls see if you can cook something with peaches and send it my way! check the blog for details:)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Thats a new method for me to do with ridge gourd,grihini...Thanx for the recipe...!!

Grihini said...

Thank you all for your comment n feedback.

~ Asha: Hope you had a good dassara. I too make chutney with this. Will share my version of this recipe soon.

~ Sirisha: Try this version n let me know how it turns out.

~ Bharathy: yes, peas and ridgegourd get along very well :)

~ Roopa: Hmm..sakkath aagi iruthe idu. Will try it with tomato next time.

~ Kalyan: thanks for visitng my food blog. :)

~ Kitchen Scientist: Dal sounds a good combo with this gourd. Gotta try the next time.

Mansi: Welcome to my blog world. I hope u come often :) Will surely try n participate in Peach event. Lemme check the details..

Raks: Ur welcome. Please try this n let me know if you like it.

Taste of Mysore said...

umm..mom used to make that but with some variations. My MIL's cooking is totally diff :( I get to eat all these when I go home :). Loved this curry.

ashirbani said...

evattu idu try maadidini...tumba ishta aaitu...different agi ede and taste is just great. Excuse if Kannada is not right :) Thanks for sharing the recipe