Peechinga Theeyal / Ridge Gourd Theeyal


Ridge Gourd / peechinga – 350 gm

Grated coconut – 1 to 1 1/2 cups

Cumin seeds

Fenugreek seeds / uluva – 2 pinches

Garlic – 2 cloves

Shallots or Onion – 1/4 cup

Chilli powder – 1 tsp

Coriander powder – 2 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Green chilli – 4

Tamarind – a gooseberry sized

Curry leaves

For Tempering

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Dry red chillies – 2

1. Remove the skin of ridge gourd.

2. Soak tamarind in little water. Squeeze out tamarind water discarding the pulp.

3. Heat oil in a pan. When oil is hot, add coconut, shallots, garlic, and cumin seeds. Stir continuously on low medium flame. Add curry leaves and fenugreek seeds. Saute till coconut is brown in color.

4. Now lower the flame, add coriander powder and chilli powder. Stir continuously till the raw smell leaves. Switch off the stove. Allow it to cool down.

5. Grind roasted coconut with little water. Set the ground paste aside.

6. Heat oil in a pan. When oil is hot, add onion and green chillies. Saute nicely.

7. When onion is soft, add turmeric powder. Saute for 1 minute. Add ridge gourd pieces. Mix well on medium flame for 2-3 minutes.

8. Close the pan using a lid. Cook for 2 minutes. Open the lid, add tamarind water and salt. Mix well. When it comes to a boil, add ground paste. If you feel gravy is thick, add water as necessary.

9. Close the lid. In between, open the lid and stir.

10. Close the lid and cook for 5-6 minutes. After 5 minutes, gravy will be slightly thickened. Switch off the stove.

11. Heat oil in a pan. Crackle mustard seeds. Add dry red chillies and curry leaves. Pour this over curry.

9 thoughts on “Peechinga Theeyal / Ridge Gourd Theeyal”

  1. love all theeyal,this is no exception at all..yummilicious with hot steamed rice!!
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  2. I have never ever made any ridge gourd recipe in my life. And I should say, I love your recipe. Theeyal is one of my favorites!!
    Also you are right, making Theeyal in coconut oil gives its own flavor.


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