Friday, December 18, 2015

Carrots-Ridge Gourd Chutney

Chutney is always a spicy side dish and it goes well with almost all the main dishes. It can be a breakfast, lunch, snack or even dinner time, yummy chutney will be always a good side dish. It goes well with Vadas (fritters), idli, dosa, chapatis or even any type of rice too. It can even be a good spread on bread or buns.

Preparing chutney is an easy task. We have so many varieties of chutneys and vegetable peels also used for chutney. Here is such one kind of chutney which is prepared from carrots and ridge gourd peel. One must prepare and njoy to know the joy of having these chutneys. People from Udupi (Dakshina Kannada) and Malnad side are experts in preparing different varieties of chutneys.
I have used ridge gourd peels, carrots, coconut and some spices to prepare chutney. I have used this chutney and prepared chapati which has come out well and it is nice to have spicy chapatis. (My next Post).
Lets see some benefits of having Ridge Gourd in our diet.
Ridge gourd is low in cholesterol and saturated fats. It is high in Vitamin C and very good dietary fiber. It contain minerals like iron, manganese and magnesium. It is also used for weight loss. Ridge gourd is an excellent blood purifier. It helps to cure jaundice. It is also very good for people who suffer from diabetes. It contain very good amount of anti - inflammatory and anti biotic properties. It is very good for our immune system and very good remedy for acidity and ulcer.

Lets see the recipe now

Things Needed : 

Carrots : 2
Ridge gourd peel : 1 Bowl.
Coconut : fresh and grated : 1 cup
Green chilly : 3
Coriander seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Tamarind : Small marble size
Salt : to taste
Ingh : a pinch
Mustard seasoning : 1 Teaspoon ( oil (1 teaspoon), mustard seeds 1/2 teaspoon, ingh a pinch and curry leaves, 5 to 6 or more.

Method : 

1. Wash and remove the outer skin of carrots, cut the.
2. Now put ridge gourd peels, cut carrots, green chilly, coriander seeds, tamarind and salt in a small bowl.
3. Add a pinch of ingh and turmeric powder. Add 1/4 cup of water and pressure cook it. ( 5 to 6 minutes). Leave it for cooling.
4. Grate coconut and grind cooked ridge gourd peels, carrots and spice mixture with very little water. (along with vegetable cooked water).

5. Remove from the mixi jar to a serving dish.

6. Add mustard seasoning and serve with the main dish as one of the side dish.


Pressure cooking carrots and ridge gourd peels helps to soften the vegetables. Use of chilly is always optional. (red or green/ less or more). Use of coconut oil is also optional. Wash the vegetables thoroughly before using.
Time : 20 minutes
Serves : 4 to 5


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My name is Nalini Somayaji. Teaching is my profession. Cooking is my passion. Reading, travelling, visiting new places, having fun with kids are some of the hobbies I can say. My recipes are Healthy, quick, easy and simple. Grown up being a traditional family member I love and respect Indian culture and traditions. Love classical dance and music.
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