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Spicy Stuffed Ridge Gourd

27 May

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Gutthi / Gutti Beerakaya Kura

Ridge gourd or tori is a daily vegetable in India which tastes great when stuffed other than small eggplants. In this stuffed ridge gourd recipe, a masala paste is made of besan and other spices along with grated shallots. This masala is stuffed into slitted ridge gourd cylinders and cooked till soft. Make sure to select ridge gourd with more diameter and thinner skin.
Makes: 5 pieces of Stuffed Ridge Gourd

Ingredients:

Ridge Gourd 1 ( 10 inch long)
Shallot 2
Green Chiles 2
Cilantro few sprigs
Salt to taste

Talimpu:

Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves 6
Oil 2 tsps

Masala:

Besan / Gram Flour 1 tbsp
Coriander Powder 1 tsp
Cumin Powder 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli Powder 1/4 tsp
Turmeric Powder a big pinch
Ginger Garlic Paste 1 tsp

Method of preparation:

Wash, remove ends, lightly peel and chop ridge gourd into 2 inch long cylinders.
Taste the ridge gourd to make sure its not bitter.
Slit the chopped ridge gourd making a plus sign with its bottom intact.
Peel and grate the shallots.
Remove ends, wash and grind green chiles.
Wash, clean and finely chop cilantro.

Mix all the masala ingredients with grated shallots, green chile paste, chopped cilantro and salt into thick paste with little water.

Stuff each ridge gourd with the prepared masala paste and keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, slowly place the stuffed ridge gourd pieces into the pan.
Add any leftover stuffing with half a cup of water into the pan.
Cook covered on low flame turning occasionally until ridge gourd becomes soft.
Stir fry for a minute or two and then remove from heat.
Serve stuffed ridge gourd with steamed rice and a dollop of ghee.
Notes: Make sure to scrape the bottom of the pan to avoid burning of the spicy stuffing.

Suggestions: If the gravy is too little, add more stuffing to the curry pot along with few tbsps of water and cover till cooked.
Variations: Stuffed Ridge Gourd , Ridge Gourd with Milk, Ridge Gourd with Moong Dal.
Other Names: Bharwan Turai, Hirekai Curry, Stuffed Ridged Gourd.