Sweet and sour ridge gourd peel sabji

ridge gourd peel curry

We love getting the long spiny ridge gourd all the time. One is not enough for us as we use it as the main vegetable in stews and curries. When it cooked it is literally reduced to a few spoonfuls, so we do buy a few of them.
True to tradition the fridge gourd peel gets ground into thogayal. Let’s be honest how much thogayal can we have ?? This us a vegetable where I feel the peel is so much that you need to find ways to use it better. So, the thogayal alone will not help these peel, which then ends up in the compost.


Look at the ridge gourd, it does look alien. The spiny crusty skin is the protection to the soft inside. This pretty much sums up a few people I know. They have formed a don’t come near me shell around them. Once they know you well, yo uh experience the soft vulnerable person who you will love to have for the company. I am sure each of us has a few trusty friends in that category.

Cleaning the ridge gourd peel

I do end up with so much peel that there had to be a better way. After all, the ridge gourd thogayal seemed just barely fitting in my ideas. After a few trial and errors, we seemed yo like this recipe. Give it a try.
The spiny fridges of the ridge gourd are inedible and it is best to remove them first. Then thinly sliced off the peel. You can check the images below to see more details of the cleaning process. Now that you have a bunch of the peel it is easy to work up this sabji. Here is a key point. cut the ridge gourd peel thinly so it is easier to stirfry it. 

While you are here, here are a couple more ideas to use up some of those easily discarded unused parts of the vegetables. 

Kidney bean and water melon curry – rajma stew

Aloo and stem sabji

Watermelon rind thogayal – vegetable chutney

Keerai thandu poriyal

Varuth aracha kootu curry with watermelon rind.

For using the soft white part of the Ridgegourd after you extract the peel, try this

Dudh Shukto – Bengali mixed vegetable curry

It is a great idea to try and see what we can reduce from tossing into that bin. In fact, there are so many vegetables we can use which just needs a bit of thought and creativity. When you find an idea don’t miss to share with us too. Stay in touch by following us on our social media portals or subscribe to receive these tips and tricks to your inbox. Keep visiting and stay safe.

ridge gourd peel recipe

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Prep Time 20 minutes
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Prep Time 20 minutes
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To clean the ridge gourd
  1. Wash and pat dry the ridge gourd and cut it into manageable 2-3 inch pieces
  2. With a peeler remove the spiny fibrous ridges, these are inedible. Discard them.
    ridge gourd cleaning
  3. The smoother green skin that remains is edible. Using a knife chop if the skin and set aside to use. the soft white inner core can be used for curries or stirfries.
  4. Finely chop this part of the peel and set aside for cooking
To make the sabji
  1. In a pan add the oil and set to medium heat.
  2. When the oil warms up add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and red chillies. Saute till the mustard splutters.
    spice mix for the sabji
  3. Add the chopped ridge gourd peels and the curry leaves with salt, turmeric, and tamarind paste.
    cooking the ridge gourd peel
  4. Mix well to saute for a minute and then cover and cook for 4-5 minutes
  5. Open and mix well again and add the jaggery and the coconut and saute till it is well incorporated and cooked.
    adding jaggery and cococnut
  6. Taste test for the sweet and sour balance.
  7. The dish is ready to serve.
    ridge gourd peel curry
Recipe Notes

You can add 1/2 tsp of  red chilli powder along with the turmeric and salt if you like it spicy.

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This is something new for me as we do make sabzi out of it. Sweet and sour ridge gourd peel sabji sounds very good as otherwise we always throw the peels.