Sunday, December 15, 2013

Peerkangai Thogayal/Ridge Gourd Chutney

Thogayal is a condiment prepared usually with coconut, lentils and spices. You could also add some vegetables to make it healthier. The common vegetables added to thogayals are carrots, ridge gourd, pumpkin etc. They are similar to the regular chutney but are more thicker and are usually mixed with rice and had. They pair very well with Molagootal, Molagooshyam and also with curd rice. Now off to the recipe

What you’ll need
  1. Ridge Gourd/Peerkangai – 1 big (approx. 3 cups when peeled and chopped)
  2. Urad Dal – 2 tbsp
  3. Dried Red Chillies – 2
  4. Asafoetida – a small piece
  5. Tamarind – marble sized ball
  6. Scraped Coconut – 1/3 cup
  7. Fresh Coriander Leaves – 10 Sprigs
  8. Oil – 2 tsp

For tempering
  1. Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp
  2. Curry Leaves – few
  3. Oil – 1 tsp


  1. Peel, wash and chop the ridge gourd roughly.
  2. Heat a Kadai with oil add the asafoetida, wait till it puffs up well.
  3. Add urad dal and red chillies, fry on medium flame till the dal turns golden.
  4. Transfer to a plate.
  5. Add the ridge gourd pieces and tamarind sauté till the ridge gourd pieces are cooked.
  6. Finally add salt.
  7. Allow to cool.
  8. Transfer the asafoetida, urad dal, and red chillies to the mixie jar and give a pulse.
  9. Then add the coconut, coriander leaves, tamarind and the ridge gourd pieces and grind to a smooth paste, using little water if required.
  10. Check for seasoning, add salt if required. Transfer to a bowl.
  11. Heat a small frying pan with a tsp of oil, temper with mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  12. Pour this over the thogayal and serve with rice or idly/dosa.

Do not add the salt while fry the ridge gourd, add at the end, as the ridge gourd will ooze out lot of water, and reduce.


great-secret-of-life said...

my fav chutney / spread.. love it..I also prefer to do with skin

Recipe world said...

Wow, it looks yummy!

Sona - quick picks/pick quicks said...

interesting, Kaveri ! nice version with Ridge Gourd.

Shabbu said...

Looks yummy..Thanks for sharing,will try this ridge gourd chutney..

Sangeetha M said...

i love ridge gourd in any form, this chutney sounds flavorful and yummy..perfect with plain rice na :)

nandoos kitchen said...

very tasty thogayal

Eat n Eat little More said...

I too prepare this chutney but with slight difference, I neither fry the pieces nor do I add coriander leaves! This seems to be another great way of making! :) I will sometime in future share my way of making!

Hema said...

Yummy thogayal, nice beautiful green color..

Unknown said...

Such a pleasant green color, I make this chutney the same way too :-)

Swathi said...

chutney looks delicious very colorful Kaveri.

Roshni said...

i love this thogayal a lot.. lovely preparation

divya said...

Drooling here. Very inviting.

Vineetha Sush said...

That look so tempting..never tasted anything like this :)

Amuthis Kitchen said...

My favorite thogayal. Looks delicious

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe.

Unknown said...

My use to cook this ... My favourite thank you ...

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