Monday, November 24, 2008

Ridge Gourd Thoran

A simple prepartion with ridge gourd, that is simple and delicious. The young and tender ridge gourd will make a good vegetable to cook with, but when allowed to reach it's maturity, this vegetable can be used during bath as a body scrubber, which will exfoliate the skin well.

To make this natural body scrubber, ridge gourd is allowed to mature and then let to dry in the vine of the plant.Once dry all that is left is the skeleton of the vegetable with seeds inside.To remove the seeds, top portion of the vegetable is cut off and seeds are removed.Then ridge gourd is washed well and soaked in water, which will make it soft.Then it is dried and is used as a scrubber.

Ingredients

2 to 3 medium size - Ridge gourd
1/4 to 1/2 tsp - Turmeric powder

1/2 cup - Small onion / Shallots, chopped
3 to 4 - Green chili, slit in center
1/2 cup - Freshly grated coconut

Seasoning

1 tsp - Mustard seeds
2 to 3 sprigs - Curry leaves

Method
1 ) With a knife or a peeler, scrub off the hard ridges and then lightly scrub the skin of the ridge gourd. Then wash well and cut into small pieces.

2 ) Heat little oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and pop it. Then add curry leaves, then shallots, green chili and lightly fry them for a minute. Now add turmeric powder, stir a few seconds, then add coconut and fry for a minute on low heat.

3 ) Add ridge gourd, salt to taste and give a good stir. Mix all the ingredients well.Close with a tight lid and cook on a very low flame till ridge gourd is fully cooked. Ridge gourd will give out some water and will get cooked in that water. Once ridge gourd is cooked, open the lid, increase heat and cook, if there is excess water to be cooked away. Stir and cook till all the water is used up. Take off the stove once you get a dry thoran.


Serve as a side dish with rice.

7 comments:

Happy cook said...

Delicious and love the colour

Mishmash ! said...

thats a new piece of info on the skin care part...thanks :)

raaji said...

haa never knew that one can use the ridgegourd in so many ways apart from cooking.......nice recipe..

Divz said...

me too used wild ridge gourd(kaatu peechinga)as a scrubber as a child...but havent seen it since years now...
good to know that u can make thoran of it too!!

Sagari said...

thoran looks beautifull

Mallika said...

What a lovely simple recipe. I have fresh coconut lying around...

Nate-n-Annie said...

We call it "sequa" or loofah squash. We like to stir-fry it with egg. Your recipe sounds really tasty, with all the spices.

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