Thursday, September 6, 2012

Ridge Gourd Jeera Huli...

Ridge gourd/Heerekai is one of the best Indian vegetable which is full of fiber, minerals and vitamins. You can prepare so many varieties of dishes using Ridge gourd. I have prepared jeera huli/using cumin seeds and coconut.

Jeera Huli goes well with almost all the main dishes like plain rice, chapatis, rotis, dosa or idli. It is easy to prepare and a quick dish that can be done in 10 minutes. Ridge gourd jeera huli is one of the traditional dish from Udupi./Dakshina Kannada.
No onion OR No garlic is used here.
Let us see the recipe now :

Ingredients :

To Cook:
Ridge gourd : 2 .
Green chilly : 2 to 3
Ginger : 1 Tablespoon.( grated).
Coconut : 1/2 cup.
Jeera : 1/2 Tea spoon.
Salt: To taste.
To season : 
Mustard seeds : 1/2 teaspoon.
Urd daal: 1/2 teaspoon
Curry leaves
Coriander leaves: 1 Tablespoon. ( cut leaves).
Coconut oil .  1 Tablespoon.
To add :
Methi seeds: 6 to 8.
Turmeric powder:  a pinch.
Salt : As required

Method :

1. Wash and peel the edge of ridge gourd and remove the outer layer. (Outer layer can be used for chutney).
2. Cut ridge gourd into small pieces. Wash and cut green chilly and curry leaves. Wash and remove the outer layer of ginger and wash it again. Grate it and keep it aside.
3. Grind coconut, ginger, and jeera together adding little water to it.
4. Grind nicely till paste and remove from the jar. Keep it aside.
5. Keep a big pan on the fire. Put oil and heat. Put mustard seeds and urd daal
6. Let the mustard seeds spurt. Add curry leaves and cut green chilly and add cut ridge gourd pieces. 7. Add turmeric powder and fry on low flame. ( 1 to 2 minutes). Add required water and cook on medium flame.
8. Let ridge gourd pieces turn soft. Add required salt and ground coconut mixture. Mix it well and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
9. Shift the ready curry to a serving dish, add coriander leaves and serve with your choice of main dish.


Ridge gourd pieces should be cooked well. Adding a handful of moong dal to ridge gourd makes the curry thick. Taste different.
You can also add other vegetables like carrots, beans etc. No need to add onions or garlic.
The curry consistency should be thick. Adding more coconut makes the curry thick. Adding a spoon of ghee adds to the taste.
Time : 10 Minutes
Serves : 2 to 3 

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