Ridge Gourd / Turai 1
Sesame Seeds 1 1/2 tbsps
Garlic 4 small cloves
Whole Red Chiles 1 – 2
Cumin Seeds a pinch
Salt to taste
Urad Dal 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1/2 tsp
Broken Red Chiles 2
Curry Leaves 8
Oil 2 tsps
Method of preparation:
Scrape, wash, remove ends, remove skin leaving a little for crunch and chop ridge gourd into 2 inch long pieces.
Remove stems and deseed dried red chiles.
Peel the garlic cloves.
Grind sesame seeds, broken red chiles, cumin seeds and salt into fine powder using a spice blender.
Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order along with garlic cloves.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add ridge gourd pieces and salt.
Cook covered on medium flame until ridge gourd becomes tender.
Uncover, stir in sesame seeds powder and fry for a minute.
Serve hot with steamed rice or roti.
Notes: Before starting cooking, make sure ridge gourd is tender and doesn’t contain big seeds inside.