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Ridge Gourd or Chinese okra or Luffa is a most common vegetable prepared in India.  In northern India as well as Pakistan, Turai is the common name for Ridge gourd.  The flesh of this vegetable is very spongy and used for making many dishes.  The skin which is peeled is used for making Chutney which is served with Steamed rice or south Indian delicacies.  Try this healthy and tasty Chutney with steaming hot rice drizzled with ghee (clarified butter) !!! It is absolutely delicious and comforting meal.



Ingredients :

Ridge Gourd peel - 1 1/4 cup (chopped)
Red chilies - 10
Urad dhal - 2  tbsp
Channa dhal - 1 tbsp
Coconut - 1  1/2 tbsp
Tamarind - 1 tbsp of pulp
Jaggery - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
salt as needed
Oil for frying

For tempering :

Oil - 1 tsp
Urad dhal - 1 tsp
Mustard - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - few

Method :

1.  Heat oil in the pan.  Add the ridge gourd peel and saute until it is cooked.  Remove from the pan when it starts to brown.
2. Add the remaining ingredients one by one except tamarind.  Keep them aside and let it cool.
3. Grind everything to coarse paste using water, tamarind pulp and salt.
4. For tempering , heat oil in the pan, add mustard, urad dhal and curry leaves. Add this to the chutney.

Enjoy with hot rice drizzled with ghee !!!

subhashini  – (October 17, 2012 at 2:55 PM)  

First time in your space. Lovely blog. Happy to follow you.

Suzanne  – (October 18, 2012 at 6:05 PM)  

I am still intrigued by these different gourds. We use very little here. Lovely photos, by the way.

Hari Chandana P  – (October 19, 2012 at 10:50 AM)  

Lovely and tempting chutney.. Simply inviting :D
Indian Cuisine

great-secret-of-life  – (October 19, 2012 at 6:52 PM)  

so nice.. I lov it

KrithisKitchen  – (October 20, 2012 at 8:54 PM)  

Lovely recipe.. I too have one yet to be posted... your pics are amazing!!
Serve It Boiled

Nandita SS  – (April 19, 2013 at 1:07 AM)  

Looks awesome pavithra. Very tempting indeed

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