Ridge gourd is slightly peeled and chopped. Fresh onion masala is prepared with onion, ginger and green chiles. Ridge gourd is then cooked in oil along with whole spices and ground onion masala. Serve ridge gourd onion masala over plain steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Makes: around 4 Servings of Ridge Gourd Onion Masala.
Ridge Gourd 2 Medium
Ginger 2 inch Piece
Green Chiles 2 – 3
Cilantro few Sprigs
Salt to Taste
Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Broken Dried Red Chiles 3 – 4
Asafoetida a Big Pinch
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 2 tsps
Method of preparation:
Lightly peel, remove ends and wash the ridge gourds.
Chop the ridge gourd into small pieces.
Remove stems, wash and slice the green chiles.
Peel and roughly chop ginger.
Peel and roughly chop the onion.
Wash and roughly chop the cilantro.
Grind green chiles and ginger into paste.
Add the chopped onion and cilantro and grind again into paste.
Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add the ridge gourd pieces.
Fry briefly and stir in ground onion masala paste and salt.
Cook covered on low flame till ridge gourd is soft.
Serve ridge gourd onion masala over plain steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Notes: Make sure ridge gourd is cooked well before removing from heat.
Suggestions: If ridge gourd is not cooked well, add few tablespoons of water and cook covered on low flame till done. Adjust green chiles according to spice.
Variations: Check other recipes with ridge gourd here.
Other Names: Ridge Gourd Onion Masala, Beerakaya Ullipaya Masala.