Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Peerkangai masala/Ridge gourd masala

Peerkangai masala/Ridge gourd masala

Ridge gourd/peerkangai is a low calorie content vegetable and Peerkangai masala  is made richer with a freshly ground peanut  masala \paste .It tastes great when served with Rice/Chapathi


Preparation time:15 min
Cooking time     :30 min


Ridge gourd             - 3
onion                        -1/2 cup finely sliced
ginger garlic paste      -1/2 tsp
cilantro                      - to garnish

For tempering:

mustard seeds          -1/4 tsp
urad dhal                 -1/2 tsp
cumin seeds             -1/2 tsp
chana dhal               -1/2 tsp
whole red chilli        -1
curry leaves             -few chopped
turmeric                  -pinch
oil                           -2 tsp

For roasting &Grinding

peanuts                  -1/4 cup
sesame seeds          -1 tsp
shredded coconut    -1 tbsp
whole red chilli        -1
Tamarind paste       - 1/2 tsp


  • In a pan dry roast red chilli and peanuts.

  • When the peanuts is almost done add sesame seeds

  • Finally add the coconut and fry until it turns golden.

  • Allow it to cool down and grind it in a mixer
  • When it is powdered add the tamarind paste ,little water and blend it again into a fine paste.
  • In another pan heat oil and allow mustard seed to splutter.Add all the tempering ingredients.

  • Add onion and  turmeric fry until translucent.

  • Add ginger garlic paste and fry until the raw flavor goes off.

  • Now put the peeled and cubed ridge gourd/peerkangai into it and fry for 2 minutes adding desired salt.

  • After that put the ground masala ,stir well and cover it with a lid.

  • Cook until the ridge gourd/peerkangai is well done (stir it once in a while and cover again)
  • Garnish with cilantro

  • Serve over Rice/Chapathi

Serves 3

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