Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Turai Ki Sabji-Ridge Gourd Gravy for Chapathi-Peerkangai Gravy for Rice

Ridge Gourd is known as peerkangai in Tamil,  beerakaya in Telugu and heerekai in Kannada. Many of you would have made peerkangai poriyal (stir fry), peergankai chutneyridge gourd dalridge gourd skin chutney but not many would have tried this ridge gourd  masala or ridge gourd tomato sabji. It is  not only easy to make but is also low in calories and is easily digestible. It tastes great with chapatis, poori and rice. Today we will learn how to make turai ki sabji following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Turai Ki Sabji-Ridge Gourd Gravy for Chapathi

Turai Ki Sabzi-Ridge Gourd Gravy for Chapathi-Rice

Turai Ki Sabji-Ridge Gourd Gravy for Chapathi-Rice

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 4
 Recipe CategorySide Dish
 Recipe CuisineIndian

   Ingredients needed

   Ridge Gourd - 2 cups chopped
   Onion -3/4 cup chopped
   Green chilli - 1-2 slit
   Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
   Tomato - 1 cup chopped
   Salt needed
   Curd/plain yogurt - 1 tbsp

   Spice Powder

   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Chilli powder - 1 tsp
   Coriander powder - 2 tsp
   Kitchen king masala powder or garam masala powder - 1 tsp
   Amchur powder/dry mango powder - 3/4 tsp

   For Grinding

   Cashew nuts - 5
   Khus khus/kasa kasa - 3/4 tsp
   Coconut - 3 tbsp grated

   For the Seasoning

   Oil - 2 tbsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Cumin seeds/jeera - 1 tsp
   Urad dal (split) - 1 tsp
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped


Peel the skin, remove the seeds and chop ridge gourd (pirkangai) into medium sized pieces.

Soak cashew nuts and khus khus in hot water for 15 minutes and grind it to a paste with coconut.

Keep all the ingredients needed for the gravy ready so that you will not forget anything and it will also save a lot of time.

Ingredients for Ridge Gourd Gravy


Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal and curry leaves.

When dal turns golden brown, add chopped onions and green chilli.

Saute until onions turn light brown. Add little salt when frying the onions.

sauteing onions

Add ginger-garlic paste and saute for a few more minutes.

Add chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, salt needed and cook until tomatoes become mushy.

sauteing tomatoes

Once the tomatoes are cooked well, add the chopped ridge gourd.

how to make ridge gourd gravy

Cook covered 
stirring from time to time until the ridge gourd turns soft .

Then add the ground paste. (coconut + cashew nuts + khus khus paste) dry mango powder, garam masala powder and cook for a few more minutes.

Ridge Gourd Gravy for Chapathi

Add needed water and cook simmered for 10 minutes.

Finally, add thick curd, mix well, cook on low heat for another 2-3 seconds and remove from heat. Alternatively you can also add cream/malai instead of curd.

Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.

peerkangai gravy for rice

Serve hot with chapati, parathas, poori. plain rice or mildly flavored rice like jeera pulao, ghee rice etc.

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  1. U.S residents could substitute green squash for ridge gourd.

  2. Thanks for sharing such new recipes padhu - I tried it out this morning . It came out really well and was very quick to be made.

  3. made three times fantastic recepe.

  4. I tried it n it's absolutely delish

  5. I want to try this but I can't eat coconut and cashew nuts. Is there something else I can substitute it with?

    1. Coconut and cashew nuts are added to give richness to the gravy and also for thickening. You can add a tsp of rice flour or a tsp of fried gram flour to thicken the gravy.

  6. Wow it waz yum yum... prepared yesterday.. super hit recipe

  7. Super receipe. My husband liked it Alot.

  8. can i substitute peerkangai with Podalangai?

    1. You can try and give me your feedback. I have not tried with pudalangai.

  9. Wat can I replace khus khus with???

  10. Is it compulsory to use mango powder,can I use little tamarind instead?

    1. Not compulsory. You can add very less tamarind if needed otherwise you can skip and make without it.

  11. Padhu sister , it is really very delicious. I prepared it last night for chapathi and it came out so well as I followed the same measurements what you had given. Thanks for the wonderful creamy recipe.


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