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Recipe Text


  • Ridge Gourd – 1200gms
  • Black Gram – 2tsps
  • Mustard Seeds – 1tsp
  • Cumin Seeds – 1tsp
  • Curry Leaves – Few
  • Red Chilies – 2
  • Salt to Taste
  • Sugar – 1/2tsp
  • Oil – 2Tbsps

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Wash & peel ridge gourds. Cut the gourds into medium sized pieces. Take a microwave safe bowl and add the ridge gourd pieces. Place this bowl in microwave oven and cover it partially. Cook the gourds on high power for 5 minutes. Stir the vegetables once and again place the bowl in oven and cover it partially. Cook the vegetables on high power for 5 minutes. By this time the gourd pieces would get cooked nicely….if not cook for few more minutes till done. If ridge gourds are tender they even cook in lesser time than what is mentioned here.

 Remove stalks and break red chilies into pieces and keep them aside.


Heat a pan and add oil to it. When oil is hot add black gram and fry till seeds start changing color. Then add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Fry till the seeds splutter. Then add red chili pieces and curry leaves. Mix well and add the cooked ridge gourd pieces. Stir well and add salt. Mix well and cover the pan. Cook on medium flame till all the water is absorbed by the vegetable. Remove the lid and stir fry for a minute. Then add sugar to enhance the taste of the curry. Mix well and transfer to a serving bowl. Serve hot with plain rice.

Points to Notice:

Do not discard the peels. Use them by making a paste in any gravy dish—because all vitamins lie just beneath the peel and also it is rich in fiber.

Select tender ridge gourds—they have natural sweetness and lot of water in them. The matured ones will be difficult to cook.

Ridge gourd has lot of water in it. That is the reason we have not added any water to the vegetable while cooking in microwave oven.

Cooking time of the vegetable in microwave depends on the tenderness of gourds. So adjust accordingly.

Actually one red chili is sufficient to prepare this dish. As ridge gourds are sweeter in taste, adding just one red chili will give the natural taste to the dish. However if you like spicier taste, add two red chilies.

Be careful while adding salt. This recipe needs very less salt because we are putting less red chillies. Most of the times in-experienced put salt as per the vegetable pieces in the frying pan, forgetting that after the water evaporates their quantity reduces a lot!!

As it is, ridge gourds are sweeter in taste. But adding sugar slightly enhances the taste of the curry.

If water content is more in ridge gourd add few teaspoons of rice flour. The rice flour absorbs all the water.

At times, especially after falling sick, we do not feel like eating spicy food however tasty it might be. At such times we do feel like eating bland curries which are less spicy with hot rice. Under such category falls this simple ridge gourd curry. Make and serve this tasty ridge gourd curry with hot rice.


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Our Earlier discussions on the Blog
harika srinivas said...

hello gayatri garu,
am a big fan of ur recipies.i like ur each n every recipe.i have asuggestion 4 u.u have a thousands of verity for every one..if u add some recipies for balintalu it ll be very helpfull for me as i got delivered 3 months ago..
harika srinivas

March 29, 2011 4:26 PM

Gayatri Vantillu said...

Harika Srinivas garu,

Thanks for your feedback. I think you should come on to the regular diet because you had delivery 3 months back. Nowadays doctors are not advising or restricting any specific food items for neo-mothers.

Congrats for the new arrival in your family. Convey my love to the child

March 31, 2011 5:56 AM

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Anonymous said...

dear gayatri garu
i like ur videos. i tried some of them. it came out verywell. thanks a lot. i would like to learn ariselu.i searched most of the web sites but i couldn't find one with proper intructions. can you please show us to make ariselu in children love ariselu verymuch. we live australia so we miss india ariselu.
thanks a lot

April 6, 2011 11:09 AM

shanthi said...

Hi gayatri garu. can u please post rice varieties like tomato rice, jeera rice..........

April 1, 2011 8:01 PM

kalyani said...

hello gayathri madam ,
i am following your recipes from last 2 weeaks . it is realy your recipes mostly i like snakes and breakfast...

thank you very much,

April 1, 2011 5:46 PM

rajuyaash said...

Hi Gayatri garu,

mee vantalu anni baguntayi and mee voice and mee pronunciation very understandable you will growth to your website in future. keep it up

from rajuyaash hyd

April 1, 2011 1:51 PM

rajeswari said...

Dear Gayatri garu,
I find your recipes simple to prepare and very tasty.
Thanks for sharing such wonderful recipes and request you to add more.

March 28, 2011 5:18 PM

Jai said...

Hi Madam,
I am a batchelor living in United States. I went thru some of the recipes. These are really good and easy to prepare.

Thanks for sharing the information.

Jai Naresh

Anonymous said...

good site....for learners like me!!!!!

March 30, 2009 3:59 AM

pappu said...

Hi Gayatri garu,

can yo please post recipes for fish fry and fish curry?


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