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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Ridge Gourd (Heerekai/Torai) and Chickpeas (Channa) Bhaji – A Quick and Tasty side dish for Chapattis

The vegetable which welcomed us in the supermarket with its entire green and fresh look even for the summer was none other than the Ridge Gourd. So happy we brought them home and I was all set to cook.
Today’s bhaji is prepared quite often in my kitchen as its ready in minutes with quite a few ingredients available. While the ridge gourd leaves a soft taste the chickpeas add a lot of filling. Also as ridge gourd is an excellent blood purifier and helps us from constipation it’s a must do in my kitchen.
So here comes a quick and very easy to do bhaji from my Grand Veg Kitchen….
Ridge Gourd (Heerekai/Torai) and Channa (Cheakpeas) Bhaji 
Ingredients:
2 Big Ridge Gourd /Heerekai/Torai
½ Cup Chickpeas soaked and pressure cooked till soft (if using a tinned one discard the water)
3-4 Green Chilies finely chopped
1/2 tsp – Urad dal/ black gram split unskinned
1/2 tsp – Mustard Seeds
1 small lemon sized piece of Jaggery
1/8th tsp –Turmeric
2 Tbsp –Oil
1 String Curry leaves
Salt to taste
So fresh & green                                                                         
Method:

1. Wash the Ridge Gourd and peel only its sharp edges. Cut into small pieces.
2. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan/kadai and add mustard seeds. Once they splutter add urad dal followed by curry leaves and finely chopped green chills & turmeric.
3. Once the urad dal turns light brown add chopped ridge gourd pieces and cover and cook  on low flame for 2-3 minutes till its just soft and cooked.
4. Add salt, cooked chickpeas and jaggery pieces.
5. Mix well and cook covered on low flame for another two minutes and turn off the flame.
6. Serve hot with rotis/ chapatis.
My Notes: To make it more spicy u can add garam masala which I often skip to get the original taste of the ridge gourd.
A garnish with fresh grated coconut also tastes quite good.



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