Ginger Stuffed Ridge Gourd

19 Aug

ridge_gourd_ginger
Beerakaya Allam Karam.

This is a simple stuffed recipe of ridge gourd. Ginger, cumin and red chili powder is ground into fine powder and made into paste with enough oil. Ridge gourd is stuffed with the ground spice mixture. Then it is cooked in tempered oil on low flame till soft.
Makes: 5 pieces of Ginger Stuffed Ridge Gourd.

Ingredients:

Ridge Gourd 1 ( 10 inch long)
Red Chilli Powder 1 tbsp
Ginger 3 – 4 inch long piece
Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder a pinch
Cilantro few sprigs
Salt to taste
Oil 1 tbsp

Talimpu:

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

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 roughly chop ginger.

First grind cumin seeds, then add in ginger and grind again.
Now add red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt to the blender and grind everything together.
Remove the ground spices onto a bowl and stir in a tbsp of oil to make it into a thick paste.

Stuff each ridge gourd with the prepared spice 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.
Sprinkle a tbsp or two of water to avoid ridge gourd sticking to the pan.
Cook covered on low flame turning occasionally until ridge gourd becomes soft.
Uncover, stir fry for a minute or two and then remove ridge gourd from heat.
Serve stuffed ridge gourd with steamed rice and a dollop of ghee.
Notes: Make sure to occasionally scrape the bottom of the pan to avoid burning of the spicy stuffing.

Suggestions: If ridge gourd is not cooked properly, cook it covered over medium – low flame till soft but not mushy.
Variations: Spices Stuffed Ridge Gourd, Besan Stuffed Ridge Gourd are some good variations of stuffed ridge gourd.
Other Names: Allam Karam Kurina Beera Kaya, Ginger Stuffed Turai.

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