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Spicy Ridge Gourd with Eggplant

23 Jul

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Beerakaya Vankaya Velluli Karam.

Ridge gourd / turai is chopped up along with baby eggplants. They are then cooked in oil and spices till cooked and finished with garlic spice mixture. Serve spicy ridge gourd with eggplant over plain steamed rice or over roti. Check out Garlic Spice Mixture recipe.
Makes: around 2 Servings of Spicy Ridge Gourd with Eggplant.

Ingredients:

Ridge Gourd 1 Medium
Baby Indian Eggplants 2
Garlic Spice Mixture 1 Tbsp
Turmeric Powder a Pinch
Salt to Taste

Talimpu:

Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Broken Red Chiles 3
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 1 Tbsp

Method of preparation:

Remove skin, wash and chop the ridge gourd into small chunks (around 1 1/2 Cups).
Remove stems, wash and chop eggplant into small chunks (around 1 1/2 Cups).

Heat oil in a pan, add all other talimpu ingredients in order.
when mustard seeds start spluttering, add chopped ridge gourd, eggplant and salt.
Fry for couple of seconds and cook covered on low flame till eggplant and ridge gourd turns soft.
Stir in garlic spice mixture and turmeric powder and cook for a minute and remove from heat.
Serve ridge gourd with eggplant over plain steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Notes: Make sure ridge gourd and eggplant is cooked thoroughly before removing the pan from heat.

Suggestions: If eggplant or ridge gourd is not cooked well, put it back on heat and cook covered on low flame till done.
Variations: Diced onion can also be added along with ridge gourd and eggplant. Check other ridge gourd recipes here.
Other Names: Spicy Ridge Gourd with Eggplant, Beerakaya Vankaya Velluli Karam.