Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Heerekai( Ridge Gourd ) Sweet Curry.

Heere kai Sweet Curry is a side dish and you can have this with rice , chapati, poori  or dosa too.
All age group people will njoy eating this dish.
Things needed : 
Ridge gourd : 2 
Coconut : 3  to 4 Table spoons.
Jaggery : 1 Table spoon.
Jeera : 1/4 Tea spoon.
Mustard seeds : 1/4 Tea spoon.
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6 .
Red chilly : 2 to 3 .
Raw rice : 1 Tea spoon.
Ghee : 1 Tea spoon.
Salt : To taste.
Method : 
Wash Ridge gourd nicely and remove the edges by scraper. Wash again and remove the skin nicely and cut ridge gourd in to small pieces. Wash and soak raw rice for 10 minutes.
Boil these ridge gourd pieces till soft and keep it aside.( Use 1/2 cup of water). Grind fresh coconut and soaked rice till paste and keep it aside.
Now keep a pan on the fire. Heat and put ghee. Add mustard seeds, red chilly  and jeera to it. Let the mustard sprut. Add curry leaves to it and add boiled ridge gourd and ground coconut. Add salt, jaggery  and little water if required. Mix  nicely and boil for 5 minutes and put off the gas. Serve Ridge Gourd Sweet Curry with Hot rice and a spoon of ghee on the top. 
Note : Can add more jaggery if you like sweet. You can also use watermelon rind , sweet potato or red pumpkin or Snake gourd instead of ridge gourd. Adding soaked rice is to helps the mixture to be thick and it does not separate the water from the vegetable.
Ridge gourd outer skin can be used for preparing Chutney.
Serves 2 to 3 .

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