Chutney is South Asian Cuisine prepared from various mixture of spices, vegetables or fruits. It can be wet to dry, coarse to fine. It is combined with a wide range of food.
Chutney is prepared in many varieties.
There are vegetables where it is used wholly. Out of that Ridge Gourd/Heerekai is also one of them. Usually Ridge Gourd/Heerekai outer skin is peeled off while preparing dhal, sambar, bonda, bajji etc., Most of them throw away the peel. People do know what can be prepared from the peel. Yes, you can prepare yummy chutney out of its peel instead of wasting it.
Let us see how to prepare Ridge Gourd/Heerekai Peel Chutney which is very easy to prepare and taste is outstanding. Its really tongue licking chutney. It goes well with hot rice with a dash of ghee, chapatti, dosa etc.,
Ridge Gourd/Heerekai Peel 1 cup (about 2 Ridge Gourd/Heerekai)
Chana dal 2 tsp
Urad dal 1 ½ tsp
Red chillies 8-10
Grated Coconut/Kopra ½ cup
Hing one pinch
Tamarind 1 small lemon size
Jaggery 1 pea size
Curry leaves 10-12 strands
Coriander leaves half fist full
Salt to taste
For tempering :
Oil 1 tsp
Mustard seeds ¼ tsp
Red chillies 1
Wash Ridge Gourd/Heerekai and peel the outer covering and keep aside.
Take Ridge Gourd/Heerekai peel and fry well, till the water content dries up.
Take a pan dry roast urad dal, chana dal, hing, red chillies, curry leaves.
Remove the fried items from the flame and add tamarind into the fried items so that it becomes soft.
Now mix all the fried ingredients and allow to cool for about 10-15 mins.
In a mixie jar put all fried ingredients, dry coconut, jaggery, coriander leaves, salt to taste and grind into coarse-fine paste by adding little water. Do not add more water as taste diminishes and shelf life will become less.
Transfer the grounded mixture into a bowl.
In a small pan take ½ tsp oil and when it is hot add mustard seeds and red chillies.
Add to the chutney and mix well.
Now Ridge Gourd/Heerekai peel Chutney is ready to serve.
Ridge Gourd/Heerekai peel Chutney goes well with hot rice with a dash of ghee.
It can also be served with chapathi, dosa, poori, naan.
Do not over fry the items as it may give you bitter taste. You can adjust chillies as per your taste. If you do not add more water while grinding shelf life will be more. You can refrigerate for 3-4 days.