Ridge gourd chutney
Written by Jayashree
Published on December 25, 2014

The traditional food of a good vegetable with a hot chutney and a tasty dal with rotis  or chapatis is more fulfilling than all the chaats and other delicacies which we love to eat outside. Nothing like food cooked at home, you can sense the satisfaction after eating outside for a week.

Ridge gourd is often used to make vegetable after scraping the skin. It is called as herekayi in kannada and torai in hindi for your information.

The peel is often discarded. It can be used to make this chutney which is very tasty. Take care to wash the ridge gourd well. This dish can be used with rice as well as chapatis. Steaming hot rice with ghee and chutney is the usual beginning of a south indian food.



  • ridge gourd peel of 5 veggies
  • ridge gourd pieces 3 ( remaining two can be used in dal)
  • fresh coconut 1 bowl
  • urad dal  2 tbsp
  • green chilly  4
  • tamarind pulp 2 tsp
  • salt to taste

For tempering :

  •  oil  2 tsp
  • mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
  • asafoetida 1/8 tsp
  • turmeric powder 1/8 tsp


  • Wash the ridge gourd, and scrape the skin. Keep it aside.
  • Cut a few chunks and keep in another bowl.
  • Dry roast the urad dal.
  • Take a little oil and roast the green chillies.
  • Now , put them aside and some more oil. Add asafoetida and the peel of ridge gourd , later add the chunks too.
  • When soft, remove from flame and let cool for sometime.
  • Grind all the ingredients together.
  • Make a tempering and serve the ridge gourd chutney.

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  1. Anu Nagaraja

    I totally agree Jayashree. With all your dishes I feel at home 🙂 delicious ridgegourd and peel chutney with geern chili , tamarind – mouth watering 🙂

    • jayashree

      Thankyou so much Anu, good you can relate to it.


    These are the simple day to day homemade delights which makes home the Haven it is. Loved your chutney Jayashree.

    • jayashree

      Thankyou so much PIYALI,so good to have you here.

  3. Erlene

    I’ve never heard of this before. Do you put this into your rice?

    • jayashree

      Yes, we do mix it with rice and eat it or along with the Indian bread as chapati. Thankyou so much for being here, Erlene

  4. Deepa N

    Hi Jayashree,
    This recipe is new to me, as in our house this vegetable is prepared in two ways first in cumin tomato gravy and 2nd with Chana dal.
    But I am loving ur preparation, and I am very sure it is very delicious too. Very healthy and good recipe, will try this very soon and revert back to you for feed back.

    • jayashree

      Do give it a try,thanks for all the nice words, i feel elated.


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