Poppy seeds are soaked in water for couple of hours and ground into paste along with coconut. The freshly made paste is stuffed into ridge gourd cylinders and cooked till soft along with whole spices. Serve poppy seeds stuffed ridge gourd with plain steamed rice, or with roti or chapathi.
Makes: 5 pieces of Poppy Seeds Stuffed Ridge Gourd.
Ridge Gourd 1 ( 10 inch long)
Poppy Seeds 2 Tbsps
Fresh or Frozen Grated Coconut 4 Tbsps
Green Chiles 2
Salt as required
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:
Wash, remove ends, remove the skin and chop ridge gourd into 2 inch long cylinders.
Slit the chopped ridge gourd making a plus sign with its bottom intact.
Remove stems, wash and roughly chop green chiles.
Soak poppy seeds in water for around 4 hours.
Grind the soaked poppy seeds with grated coconut, green chiles, a pinch of cumin seeds and salt into smooth paste adding least amount of water.
Stuff the ridge gourd pieces with the prepared ground poppy seeds paste.
Heat oil in a wide pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When cumin seeds change color, arrange the stuffed ridge gourd pieces.
Cook covered for around 5 minutes until ridge gourd pieces turn soft.
Turn the ridge gourd pieces occasionally and cook covered again till ridge gourd turns light brown on the sides.
Uncover and fry for couple of seconds and remove from heat.
Serve poppy seeds stuffed ridge gourd with plain steamed rice, or with roti or chapathi.
Notes:Make sure to scrape the bottom of the pan to avoid burning of the stuffing.
Suggestions: If ridge gourd feels raw, put back in stove, sprinkle water and cook covered on low-medium flame till ridge gourd turns soft.
Variations: Stuffed Ridge Gourd , Ridge Gourd with Milk, Ridge Gourd with Moong Dal.
Other Names: Poppy Seeds Stuffed Ridge Gourd, Beerakaya Gasagasala Kura.