Friday, January 4, 2008

Ridge Gourd and Coriander leaves Chutney

Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a great Holiday and New Years.

We made a quick trip to India for a couple weeks. It was short and now that we are back feels like we were never there. Weather was pleasant but it rained non stop for three days due to a depression in the bay, that schools had to be closed and exams postponed. India is busy and on the move which makes for some very bad traffic I guess, even during the short time we were there a lot happened.

1. Narendra Modi won his third consecutive term as CM of Gujarat. The victory in Cricketing terms as quoted in a newspaper "Team BJP won and Man of the Match was NM". Madame Gandhi put her foot in her mouth with the "Merchant of Death" comment, what was she thinking, so the defeat at least by me(?!) can be laid at her door step. Italy is a lovely place to retire I hear!!.

2. The Boxing Day (apparently has nothing to do with Boxing) test match was Prince of Kolkotta's (or is he King of Kolkotta) 100th test match. Indians lived up to their reputation and lost that one quiet easily :( the king for his part did better than the most. The second test is already underway, India are 532 for Australia's 463!

3. BJP won in HP too.

Goes without saying that we enjoyed great home cooked and delicious food.
DH's SIL prepared this really tasty chutney to go with idlis for breakfast one day.
The recipe recreated from taste.

Ridge Gourd Coriander Chutney


1. 2 Ridge Gourd peeled, deseeded and cubed
2. 1/4 Onion chopped
3. handful coriander leaves
4. 1/2 tbsp coriander seeds
5. 2 Red chilies
6. 1/2 tbsp Channa dal
7. 2 tbsp grated coconut
8. a small piece of tamarind
9. salt to taste

1. In a pan heat oil, roast the dal, coriander seeds and red chilies and set aside
2. Now add the onions and saute till translucent
3. add the ridge gourd and saute till cooked
4. add the coriander leaves and saute for a second or two
5. Add the coconut, salt and cook for a couple more minutes till everything comes into one big mass.
6. Turn off heat, cool and blend.


Tastes great with idlis and as a spread for toasted bread.


  1. That's where you were! 2 weeks is very short indeed, takes 2-3 days to recover from jet lag but something is better than nothing! Glad you enjoyed the stay!:)
    This chutney is my fave too, every time I buy Ridge gourd, I end up making chutney.Looks delicious. Happy new year to you and family Indo.

  2. Hey ISG! Welcome into 2008! Thats a lovely chutney,shall my place, the skin part of RG is used for this chutney! So again we hv a cousin for this chutney! ;)Have a great year!

  3. I ate this chutney in a remote town few years back. You reminded me of that. I will try this next time. I have ridge gourds lying in the fridge. Thanks, hope you had a great stay in India.

  4. wish you and your blog a wonderful 2008, dear indo.

  5. Welcome back, ISG! I missed you! Ridge gourd chutney looks so pretty and green, and those idlies look like they could float right off the plate. Glad you enjoyed your vacation -- if it was too brief -- they always are :)

  6. chutney looks very tempting with those fluffy idlis :)
    Best Wishes for 2008!

  7. Welcome back Indo... Hope you had a great time in India... Happy 2008 to you...

  8. Welcome back! Happy New Year to you! Hoping to see pics of food from home!

  9. HI ISG,
    Nice to note that you had a great vacation!!! Happy New year :-)
    With this chutney I can eat 5 to 6 idlis. SOft looking idlis.
    Thanks for sharing.

  10. Happy New Year, Indo! Your post soberly reminded me of how little I now know about Indian events/ politics. Time to go read something other than food blogs :D
    The chutney is so unusual for me. I get ridge gourd only once in a blue moon and then make one standard curry. I have to try this.


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