Ridge Gourd Stew

27 Apr

Beerakaya Gerita Jarudu Pulusu

Any vegetable stew is ubiquitous in Indian thali. In ridge gourd stew, toor dal is cooked till its 3/4th done. Dal is then slowly cooked along with ridge gourd and tamarind extract. Dal still retains its shape in this stew while ridge gourd is completely cooked. Some recipes spice up this stew with the addition of coriander powder, red chile powder and few cloves.
Makes: 4 – 5 Servings


Ridge Gourd 1 small
Toor Dal 1/2 – 3/4 Cup
Tamarind 1 1/2 inch sized ball
Green Chiles 2
Turmeric Powder a pinch
Salt to taste


Fenugreek Seeds a pinch
Urad Dal 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1/2 tsp
Whole Red Chiles 2
Curry Leaves 6
Oil / Ghee 1 tsp

Method of preparation:

Remove ends, peel, wash and chop ridge gourd into small pieces.
Remove stems, wash and slice green chiles.
Soak tamarind in half a cup of warm water for sometime and extract all the juice.
Wash thoroughly and cook toor dal in 1 – 2 cups of water for 2 whistles.
Alternatively, cook toor dal in enough water till its almost done.

Heat oil in a sauce pot, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When urad dal changes color, add green chiles, chopped ridge gourd and salt.
Then stir in toor dal, tamarind juice and turmeric powder.
Cook on medium flame till toor dal is just cooked and ridge gourd pieces turn soft.
Adjust the seasonings and make sure there is not much water left in the pot.
Serve ridge gourd stew with steamed rice and papad.
Notes: Make sure toor dal is not over cooked.

Suggestions: Ridge Gourd Stew is too runny – Evaporate the excess water if possible.
Variations: Jaggery can be added to make this stew sweet along with some chopped onions. It can be made spicy with few spices like coriander powder and red chile powder. Ridge gourd can be replaced with bottle gourd, snake gourd, etc…
Other Names: Beerakaya Teepi Pulusu (if jaggery is added), Turai Stew.

2 Responses to “Ridge Gourd Stew”

  1. durriya April 28, 2009 at 7:13 pm #

    pls may i know the hindi names for
    ridge gourd
    bottle gourd
    snake gourd

    • anusharaji April 28, 2009 at 9:55 pm #

      ridge gourd = turai = toori.
      try moving the mouse over the name in ingredients next time.

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