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Peerkankai Thuvaiyal | Ridge Gourd

Peerkankai thuvaiyal is a South Indian chutney made with ridge gourd. It is a simple and healthy dish that is usually served as a side dish with rice or dosa. The ridge gourd is cooked and blended with red chillies, tamarind, and other spices to create a flavorful and spicy chutney. It is a delicious and nutritious addition to any meal.

Peerkankai Thuvaiyal | Ridge gourd

Recipe by S Kamala
Recipe rating: N/A
Course: Chutney, SidesCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Easy


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Discover the delicious and nutritious Peerkankai thuvaiyal, a South Indian chutney made with ridge gourd. Perfect as a side dish with rice or dosa!


  • Ridge Gourd (Peerkankai) – 1

  • Red Chillies – 2 to 3

  • Urad Dhal – 2 tablespoons

  • Asafoetida – Peanut size

  • Tamarind – A big Gooseberry size

  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste

  • Oil – 2 teaspoons

  • For seasoning
  • Oil – 1 teaspoon

  • Mustard – ½ teaspoon

  • Curry leaves – few


  • Wash the gourd, trim off only the ridges, and cut it into medium-sized pieces, keeping the skin on.
  • Heat a teaspoon of oil in a kadai and fry asafoetida, urad dal, and red chillies along with the tamarind. Remove and set aside. In the same kadai, add another teaspoon of oil and sauté the gourd pieces on medium flame for about 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from the kadai and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  • In a mixie, first grind the fried dal, chilli, asafoetida, tamarind, and salt into a powder. Then add the sautéed gourd and pulse for just a second to coarsely blend.
  • Season the mixture with mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  • This chutney pairs well with idli, dosa, or chapati, but it is especially delicious with hot rice and a few drops of ghee.

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