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ridge gourd peel curry

Sweet and sour ridge gourd peel sabji

Waste not, want not a recipe.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course sidedish, Soups and salad
Cuisine Autumn, Fusion, gluten free, Indian, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 4 people


For the ridge gourd peel

  • 2 long ridge gourd

For the sabji

  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1-2 dry red chillies
  • 10 curry leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste ( i used store bought)
  • 1 tbsp jaggery (powdered)
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut


To clean the ridge gourd

  • Wash and pat dry the ridge gourd and cut it into manageable 2-3 inch pieces
  • With a peeler remove the spiny fibrous ridges, these are inedible. Discard them.
    ridge gourd cleaning
  • 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.
  • Finely chop this part of the peel and set aside for cooking

To make the sabji

  • In a pan add the oil and set to medium heat.
  • When the oil warms up add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and red chillies. Saute till the mustard splutters.
    spice mix for the sabji
  • Add the chopped ridge gourd peels and the curry leaves with salt, turmeric, and tamarind paste.
    cooking the ridge gourd peel
  • Mix well to saute for a minute and then cover and cook for 4-5 minutes
  • 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
  • Taste test for the sweet and sour balance.
  • The dish is ready to serve.
    ridge gourd peel curry


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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