Sunday, August 31, 2014

Ridge gourd- Sesame Chutney

Chutney is a side dish and we can prepare many types of chutneys. Chutney is normally one of the side dish and goes well with Plain rice, any mixed masala rice, with roti, chapati, dosa idli etc.
We especially South Canara side people do prepare chutneys from peel/ the outer layer of many vegetables. Here is such one of the chutney and it can be prepared easily and it is 100% yemmy and healthy chutney.  I have used Ridge gourd peel, Kesu leaves stem (Colocasia leaves) (optional), Sesame seeds and  Coconut.

Let us see some benefits of Sesame seeds:
Sesame seeds are one of the oldest condiments known to man. They are excellent source of copper and very good source of manganese, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1,zinc, and dietary fiber.It also contain the beneficial fiber called Lignans.Sesame seeds are rich in quality vitamins and minerals. They are very good sources of B complex vitamins. Sesame seeds are full of high quality protein. Sesame seeds contain magnesium and other nutrients. and also improve plasma glucose in hypersensitive diabetics. They help to reduce blood pressure. They help to lower Cholesterol and good for digestion since the high content of fiber in sesame seeds help to digest the food. They are very good for healthy skin. The high content of zinc in sesame helps repair the damaged body tissue. Having so many good qualities of sesame seeds needs to be added in our daily diet.

Here is a spicy " Ridge gourd- Sesame Chutney"  which can be prepared easily and as I said this dish can be served as side dish with main dish. It will be surely loved by the whole family and fits the taste of all age group. 

Things Needed :

Ridge gourd skin. ( Outer layer) :  2 Cups
Sesame Seeds : 2 Table spoons.
Red chilly : 5 to 6
Coriander seeds : 1/2 Tea spoon
Green Chilly
Turmeric powder : a pinch
Coconut : 1 Cup
Tamarind : Small marble size
Salt : required
Oil : 1 Tea spoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Tea spoon
Ingh : a pinch
Curry leaves : 1 Handful

Method :

1. Wash and remove the edges or scratch out the edges and wash the ridge gourd again. Remove the outer skin and cut it into small. Cook them in a pressure cooker with little water, salt, tamarind, turmeric powder, green chilly and coriander seeds. Let it cool.

2. Roast or fry sesame seeds till they are brown (pop up) with red chilly, curry leaves and ingh.

3. Grate coconut.
4. Grind cooked and cooled ridge gourd skin, roasted or fried sesame seeds, coconut with little water.

5. Add salt if required. Remove Chutney from the liquidizer. (Mixi) to  a serving bowl.

6. Add mustard seeds- curry leaves ingh spurt to the chutney and serve with the main dish you have prepared.

Note :

I have also added Colocasia leaves stems while cooking ridge gourd skins. we can also use only colocasia stems and prepare this chutney. It is purely optional. It adds to the flavour and fully fiber.
Adding more or less chilly is also optional. You can add thin cut onions just before serving chutney. (optional).

Time : 15 Minutes.
Serves : 4 to 5  
  My next recipe will be Raagi - Jolada Rotti using this spicy chutney.  ( Finger Millet + Millet   Flour Rotti ).

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