Sunday, April 29, 2007

Beerakaya Tokku Pachadi (Ridge Gourd Chutney)

Beerakaya Tokku Pachadi (Ridge Gourd Chutney)
Talk about salvaging the whole vegetable without having to throw out the skin, this chutney falls into this category not only the vegetable but its skin makes a delicious chutney. I learnt this from my mother-in-law and its our favorite mostly eaten with hot rice.Process is pretty simple.

Peel of 3 Beerakaya (ridge gourd)( make sure to wash beerakaya thoroughly under running water)
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp channa dal
2 tbsp urad dal
1 tbsp dhania
1 tbsp methi
5 red chiles ( adjust according to taste)
tamrind size of a dime

1. Heat a pan add channa dal, urad, dhania, methi, R.chilies and garlic fry for a minute
2. now add peeled skin of beerakaya (ridge gourd)
3. add sal, haldi and tamrind
4. fry for about 10 minutes till the skin turns to brown color
5. when skin turn brown, remove from heat and grind it in a mixer
6. remove from mixer and then add thadka

For Tadhka
1 tbsp urad dal
1 tbsp jeera
1 tbsp mustard
2-3 red chilies
7-8 curry leaves
a pinch of hing/asafoetida

1. heat a pan with 1 tbsp oil and add all the above ingredients, when mustard starts to splutter add this to ground paste
2. mix well

Taste extremely well with hot rice

Now for the ridge gourd, I usually make beerakaya fry, again simple and quick
1. Take a pan add all the ingredients for thadka expect hing, add sliced garlic cloves ( about 2)
2. now add cut and cubed beerakaya
3. fry for 5 minutes add salt, I usually a little bit of masala powder can be anything of your choice like idle podi, karam podi etc..
4. mix well and remove from heat and serve


Menu Today said...

Your version looks nice. Thanks for sharing.

Asha said...

YUM!!!!! I love this chutney.I cut and use the use Ridge gourd to make this chutney!!:))

Thanks for sharing.

DEEPA said...

Different Chutney Sreelu ....Looks yummy

Sreelu said...


You can add the ridge gourd along with the peeled skin, gives a much smooth texture

Deepa & Menu today

Thanks for your comments

Chinni said...

My grandmother use to say this recipe.My mom learn from my grandmother.I like this beerakaya tokku pachadi.Ill try this.........

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