Beerakaya Thokku Pachadi 3 | Rigde Gourd Peel Chutney | Side Dish for Dosa

>>  Thursday, May 17, 2012

While we already have two versions of this lovely and interesting way of using the peel of the vegetable, here is another version to add. I have the pleasure of sharing Athamma's version today. 

First version was like how Amma makes and we were introduced to another interesting way by Amma's childhood friend. The memories of that evening spent with Aunty T, will always remain so fresh with these two recipes coming to mind. We have made those two quite a regular at home and each time we remember Amma's friend without fail. She is such a vivacious person and we had the most memorable evening spent with her and her husband.

This time Athamma used different blend of ingredients and the chutney was bursting with flavours. Also since she made it almost like a pickle, this chutney had a longer shelf life.

Beerakaya Thokku Pachadi
Beerakaya Thokku Pachadi 2

Ingredients Needed:

Beerakaya thokku / Ridge Gourd Peel - 1 cup
Berakaya pieces - 1/2 cup
Onions - 1 medium
Tomatoe - 1 medium
Channa dal - 2 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Coriander seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Dry Red chili - 6 -7
Tamarind pulp - 1 tbsp
Oil - 1 tbsp

For Tempering

Oil - 2 tbsp
Dry Red chili - 2
Curry leaves few
Garlic - 3 cloves

How to make the Chutney

Wash and peel the skin from the Ridge Gourd. Save about 1/2 cup of flesh for the chutney as well.

Heat a kadai with 1 tsp oil, saute channa dal, urad dal, coriander seeds, red chilies and jeera one by one and remove after they turn colour. Keep it aside for it to cool down.

Then add some more oil, saute chopped onions till they turn colour, remove. Next add the ridge gourd peel and pieces. Saute well for couple of minutes. Remove to a plate.

Finally saute tomatoes, add salt and saute well till the raw smell leaves.

Soak the tamarind to make it soft. Either you can add this directly when grinding or else you can use extract.

When all the ingredients are cooled, take it in a mixer and grind to a paste.

Heat remaining oil and add the tempering ingredients. Then pour over the chutney.

Serve with Dosas or with steamed rice along with ghee.
Rigde Gourd Peel Chutney

Since this stays good for over 10 days, make sure you saute all the ingredients well. There should not be any moisture in the ingredients.

Add enough oil, keeps it good for days.

When using, spoon out only the amount you need and not the entire batch. Microwave for 30 secs before use.

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Shobha May 17, 2012 at 12:36 AM  

The colour is so nice..looks really very tasty.

Priya Yallapantula May 17, 2012 at 2:03 AM  

Looks super delicious :)

ANU May 17, 2012 at 7:22 AM  

luv it!

Jayanthi May 17, 2012 at 8:15 AM  

Amazing recipe Valli...I make a similar chutney with winter melon skin ...this one is going to 'to-try' recipe list. Good one.

Tina May 17, 2012 at 8:33 AM  


Chef Mireille May 17, 2012 at 9:31 AM  

chutney looks so appetizing!

PriyaVaasu May 17, 2012 at 9:36 AM  

Mouth-Watering Valli!!! Never tried making with sauteed onion n tomatoes, should try it next time!!!

Smitha May 17, 2012 at 10:32 AM  

adding onion and tomato is something different! looks tempting as always!

A Kamalika Krishmy May 17, 2012 at 12:51 PM  

I would love this with creamy curd rice .. both the color combination and the taste will be great

Priya May 17, 2012 at 1:06 PM  

Slurp,super tempting and definitely a fingerlicking chutney.

Pan Cuisine May 17, 2012 at 1:46 PM  

My mom-in-law made this for me last week and i was very surprised by how good it tasted :)

Archana May 17, 2012 at 3:23 PM  

looks so delicious. I am going to try this asap

vidhas May 17, 2012 at 7:02 PM  

Yummy chutney. Adding onion and tomato enhances the flavour.

foodiliciousnan May 17, 2012 at 7:44 PM  

lovely! my grandma and ma-in-law both makes chutneys with peels, but i've never seen one that is almost like a pickle! super!

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi May 17, 2012 at 10:04 PM  

Good one! Love that the fiber in the peel is utilized in our chutneys!!

sushma May 18, 2012 at 12:56 AM  

I remember my mom making this pachadi.i never tried. Urs looks awesome

Nalini's Kitchen May 18, 2012 at 7:33 AM  

Finger licking chutney looks so tempting,never made this way..will try it soon.

Rajani May 18, 2012 at 9:05 AM  

We had the ridgegourd chutney, which I started making from your site, only two days back. Will try this one also.

rekhas kitchen May 18, 2012 at 9:57 AM  

Aaahaa rice(can not say hot rice because it is summer no) with a dash of ghee and this pachadi ummmm mouth watering Valli.

vaishali sabnani May 18, 2012 at 12:37 PM  

I could never think of something like this...not even in the wildest dreams...wud love to try!!

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