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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Peerkangai Thogayal-Ridge Gourd Chutney (thuvayal) Recipe

Ridge gourd is known as Beerakaya in Telugu, Peerkangai in tamil and Turai in Hindi. This vegetable  is commonly available in India and can be prepared in many ways.You can make dal, stir fry, gravy, kootu, even chutney with its skin (thole thogayal) etc.Today we will learn how to make ridge gourd thogayal following our easy recipe.

Ridge Gourd Chutney-Peerkangai thuvaiyal

Peerkangai Chutney

Prep time -under 10 mins
Cook time -under 15 mins
Serves - 4

Ingredients needed 

Ridge gourd -250 grams

Mustard -1/2 tsp 
Hing - a generous pinch
Urad dal - 2 tbsp 
Red chillies - 3-4
Grated coconut - 2 tbps (optional)
Tamarind - small marble sized ball (very less) or 1/4 tsp of tamarind paste.
Oil - 1 tbsp


Wash and scrap the skin of ridge gourd ( you do not have to peel the skin completely ) and chop it into medium sized pieces.

Heat  2 tsp of  oil, add the chopped ridge gourd, need salt and cook covered till tender. You do not have to add much water as the vegetable will ooze out lot of water. Cool it and keep it aside.


Heat a tsp of oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add hing, urad dal and red chillies. Fry till dal turns golden brown. Then add tamarind and fry for a few more seconds.Switch off the flame, add grated coconut and saute in the heat of the pan itself. Leave it to cool.

After it cools, grind it  first with a little cooked ridge gourd to a smooth paste, then add the remaining vegetable and grind it a bit coarsely. Add little water only if required. Check for salt.

Mix it with hot steaming rice topped with a tsp of ghee and enjoy! You can prepare any curry or just have papaps or potato chips  as side dish. It  can also be had as a side dish for idli and dosa .

Ridge gourd recipes 

Peerkangai Skin Thogayal

Ridge gourd dal 

Tit bits-

This vegetable is dried and made into loofahs.It can be used as a natural scrub. Picture of the Ridge gourd loofah below-

Ridge gourd Loofah

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  1. Love to have this with hot steamed rice...

  2. never heard about loofah.. quite interesting..

  3. My mom used to make it in the same way

  4. Healthy and my favourite thogayal.

  5. Yummy chutney ..loved the picture..

  6. nice chutney and how did u make that loofah?

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  8. Dear Raksha
    I got that loofah from the shop

  9. delicious chutney.loved the decoration:)

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  11. mmmm.... nice chutney. Never tried this before.

  12. i knew about the loofah..what i didn't know was how to make this chutney...i had tasted this in someones house and really liked it.....thanks for the recipe:)

  13. I have enough stock of these natural loofahs :-)

  14. Love that natural scrubber.....chutney sounds yum...

  15. different chutney.....looks simple and delicious...

  16. Hi Padhu ,

    looks nice and neately presented Padhu:)

    Keep on :)

  17. I love that loofah! and the thovayal looks good!

  18. Hi Padhu
    You have a nice food blog here. Nice and tangy chutney(thogayal). Please drop into my blog and leave your impressions.
    Regards Ram

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  20. Wow! awesome recipe Padhu :)

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  22. I have been following your recipes and sharpening my cooking skills. Thanks a lot for all the posts and kuddos for your consistent effort.

  23. also how long will it take to become loofah?any procedures?

    1. You can add small onions if you like. Regarding loofah, we should dry the matured ridge gourd well and then peel off the skin.

  24. Hi Padhu,
    Wanted to make Pudhalangai Tohiyal...can u help with a recipe on that ...?

  25. Hi, do you also include the soft bits in the center?

    1. You can include the soft flesh also in the center.


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