Ridgegourd / Beerakaya / Peerkkangai Skin Chutney

My mom makes chutney(Thogayal) using Ridge Gourd(It is also known as Chinese Okra) and also using its skin. But I like the second version which is prepared using ridge gourd skin.

There are many methods to prepare this chutney but I always go for the below described method every time to save time. It goes good with both dosa and idly. It can be served with rice too.

Remember to prepare this chutney only when the ridge gourd is fresh and not giving any bitter taste. Check it by peeling the skin and taste a very small pinch of inside soft flesh. It should not taste bitter. So don't discard the peel/ skin of the ridge gourd here after after making a curry. Instead, make this delicious chutney.

Basic Information:
Preparation and Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 1 cup
Ingredients:

Ridge gourd skins - 1 and 1/2 cup, roughly chopped (Skin/Peel from 2 big Ridge Ggurds)
Urid dal - 1 and 1/2 tablespoon
Tamarind - 1 small pinch, soak in 3 tablespoons of water
Salt - to taste
Dry red chillies - 4 nos
Asafoetida - a big pinch
Oil - 4 teaspoons
Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Curry leaves - 1 string

Method:

1) Take a kadai/ frying pan. Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in it.
2) Add urid dal and dry red chillies. Fry it till it releases nice aroma to the kitchen.
3) Transfer to a medium size plate.
4) In the same pan/kadai, add chopped ridge gourd skins. Fry till it get cooked and sometimes crispy.
5) Once done, transfer it to the same plate. Allow all the fried ingredients to cool to room temperature.
6) Then, Blend all the cooled ingredients along with soaked tamarind with its water. Make a fine paste of it. Add salt as per your taste.
7) Prepare a seasoning with remaining oil, mustard seeds, asafoetida and curry leaves and add it to the prepared chutney.
8) Serve with dosa or idly.
 Notes:
1) I sometimes add a tablespoon of chanaa dal to prepare this chutney along with urid dal. Add it if you wish.

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20 comments:

Never heard of using the skin of this veg :) looks so good

We do make the same way,looks so tempting ..

Chutney looks yum...Never tried this chutney..

Tempting healthy chutney..yum

i love this thuvayal but here i don't find such fresh ridge gourds :( the skin won't be good enough to use...looks very yummy!!

My favorite too Uma... love it.. wish you could send this to our Serve it event this month..
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We too make this,Love your version. Super tempting clicks

Hey this looks very tempting and is making me hungry!
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Nothing goes to waste...usually skin has more nutrients...

We do it also .. lovely click
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My MIL makes this with slight variations..looks yum Uma

Never tried this way. Will try soon. Looks nice Uma

Wow something new to learn here..detailed pics are so clear to make one understand Uma..

healthy and delicious chutney uma :)

I make this pachadi too. Yours came out so good and delicious :)

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