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Ridge Gourd in Coconut Milk

6 Dec

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Kobbari Palatho Masala Beerakaya.

Ridge gourd / turai is peeled and chopped into small chunks before frying them in oil along with spices. Coconut sauce is prepared with freshly squeezed coconut milk and spices. Cauliflower is finished in the coconut milk sauce before serving. Serve cauliflower with coconut milk with steamed rice or with roti.
Makes: around 3 Servings of Ridge Gourd in Coconut Milk.

Ingredients:

Ridge Gourd 2 Cups (Chopped)
Fresh or Frozen Grated Coconut 1 Cup
Onion 1 Small
Tomato 1
Ginger 1 inch Piece
Cumin Seeds 1/8 tsp
Coriander Powder 1/2 tsp
Red Chili Powder 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala Powder 1/4 tsp
Salt to Taste
Cilantro few Sprigs
Oil as required

Method of preparation:

Remove skin, wash and chop the ridge gourd into small chunks.
Wash and finely chop the cilantro leaves.
Peel, wash and grate the ginger.
Peel, wash and finely chop the onion.
Wash and finely chop the tomato.

Grind coconut with a cup and half of water.
Pass the coconut mixture through a muslin cloth to extract the coconut milk.

Heat a tbsp of oil in a pan, add chopped ridge gourd and cook covered till they turn little soft.
Add coriander powder, red chili powder and salt to the ridge gourd and fry for another minute.
Remove the ridge gourd from heat.
Add a tsp of oil in the same pan, add cumin seeds and after a minute add the chopped onion.
Fry for a another minute, stir in ginger paste.
Lower the flame, slowly stir in coconut milk.
Bring to slow bubble, stir in cooked ridged gourd pieces and chopped tomato.
Cook the mixture till the coconut sauce thickens and then stir in garam masala powder.
Remove from heat and stir in chopped cilantro.
Serve ridge gourd with coconut milk with steamed rice or with roti.
Notes: Make sure ridge gourd is cooked well.

Suggestions: Adjust spice with red chili powder. If ridge gourd is not cooked well, put the pan back on low head and cook covered till done.
Variations: Check other variations with coconut milk here.
Other Names: Ridge Gourd in Coconut Milk, Kobbari Palatho Masala Beerakaya.