Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Ridge Gourd Kadaisal (Mashed)

I have a lot of free time these days that might translate to the house is getting cleaner, the look into pile is getting smaller and the laziness has gone up a notch or two. But no complaints there only happiness.

The Ridge Gourd plant is the other thing that is making me very happy these days. I have made new friends and cemented existing ones by sharing in the bounty. The vine which was reaching the sky came down with the weight and I am not doing acrobatics from my second floor bathroom window anymore. Ridge gourd tastes good by itself or paired with any other vegetable. But my favorite is when ridge gourd seasoned with just the minimum ingredients.


1. 2 -3 Medium sized tender ridge gourd (peel the hard edges and cut into small cubes)
2. 4 Green Chilies or to taste
3. 1/2 red onion chopped
4. roast and powder (1/2 tsp cumin, 1 tsp coriander seeds, 1/4 tsp pepper corn)
5. salt to taste

1. In a pressure cooker heat a bit of oil season with a few mustard seeds and curry leaves and saute the onions till translucent
2. add the green chilies and the ridge gourd and saute for a few minutes
3. add the cumin,coriander,pepper powder and salt.
4. Close the lid and let cook for a whistle.
5. Open and mash the ridge gourd with the back of the spoon or a masher.

Enjoy with rice and a bit of ghee.


  1. Ridge gourd is my favorite veggie and amma makes this often (without that ground powder) and calls it as "Peerkangai thithippu" for some reason! Its true that the sweetness exist in the dish with the less no. of ingredients! Lovely dish!

  2. so, u r getting a bumper harvest, eh ;) that is such a quick way of making kadaisal!

  3. indo, u can send one basketful of ur summer bounty to me ;) that looks delicious.

  4. I enjoy ridge gourd dishes though I haven't made anything with it in ages! The recipe sounds really delicious!


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