Stuffed Ridge Gourd (Maharashtrian style)

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Time taken: 1 hour

Number of servings: 4-5

Ridge gourd is a vegetable available around 6 months of a year. Ridge gourd has a high water and nutrient content and barely any fats and cholesterol  Thus they may be used as a dietary food, especially for diabetics, who can have it to keep their nutrition levels intact, but also reduce their weight considerably. It is used in sambars, curries and also used in combination with veggies like Chayote squash, and French beans in the preparation of gravy dishes with coconut.  What I am putting up here is actually a Maharashtrian delicacy.

                                                             Fresh Ridge gourd                                                                                                                      Chopped Ridge gourd

What you need to have:

1. Chopped ridge gourd pieces – 20 of the above size

Ingredients of wet masala:

1. Chopped onions – 1 cup

2. Peanuts roasted – 1/2 cup

3. Garlic pods – 2

4. Jaggery – 1 teaspoon

5. Fresh grated coconut – 1/2 cup

6. Tamarind pulp – 1 teaspoon

7. chili powder – 1 teaspoon

8. Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon

9. Roasted sesame seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

10. Chopped cilantro – A handful

11. cooking oil – 1 tablespoon

12. Salt – to taste

13. Goda masala- 1/2 teaspoon                                                                                           Ingredients of wet masala

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash, wipe and remove the ridges of the gourd slightly and chop into 2″ size pieces and slit as shown in the above image so that one is able to fill in the masala.

2. Place a skillet 2 teaspoons of cooking oil in it on medium flame.  On heating add onions to it and fry till transparent adding salt on the way.  When it turns transparent add turmeric powder, chili powder and stir well.  Add grated coconut, and all other ingredients like the tamarind paste, jaggery, roasted peanuts, garlic, and sesame seeds and stir well and switch off the flame.  Allow it to cool down.                                                                                                                Wet masala ingredients roasted

3. Grind on cooling in the mixer to a thick paste adding minimum water. Finally add goda masala to this paste and mix well.                                                                                                              Ground wet masala

4. Fill in the masala in each of the ridge gourd pieces so that it is stuffed well.                                              Wet masala filled in the veggie

5. Place a skillet with a teaspoon of cooking oil in it and place the masala filled ridge gourd pieces in it and add the remaining masala if any and also a little water to it and close it with a lid, stirring occasionaly to see that it is not burnt.  Cook till ridge pieces is soft.                                                                                                Masala filled gourd pieces being cooked

6. When done garnishing with choped cilantro. Enjoy with rice or roti.  Yummmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!                                                                                                 Ready to serve ridge gourd masala

Good to remember:

1. Ridge gourd should be fresh and tender for this dish.

2. Chopping off the whole ridges of the gourd makes the veggie weak and will be difficult to fill in the masala as it will not be steady.  It is also good to retain the ridges for the nutrients will not be lost completely.


17 thoughts on “Stuffed Ridge Gourd (Maharashtrian style)

    Ezcookbook said:
    October 14, 2012 at 7:15 am

    this is really tempting recipe… thanks for droping your lovely wishes and compliments…we r already your followers thro Fb

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 14, 2012 at 8:03 am

      Hi ,

      I would love to participate in your ensuing event and my link for the same is Please acceapt and oblige. Thannx once again.

    Hari Chandana said:
    October 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Really nice and delicious recipe.. looks absolutely perfect.. thanks for the wonderful recipe dear 😀

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 15, 2012 at 1:03 am

      Hi Hari,

      Its a long time i have heard from you at all. Thanx a lot for your comments and your wonderful blog is also very popular among many of my friends too!!!!!!!!!!

    Sumana said:
    October 14, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Looks yammy….Will try this definitely and let you know. By the way what is “goda masala”? Can I omit it or with what I can replace it?

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 14, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      Hi Sumana,

      You can omit “Goda masala ” for the recipe.

    Priya said:
    October 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Sounds very delicious and looks inviting.

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 15, 2012 at 12:49 am

      Hi Priya,

      The dish was really yummmmmm and was relished by all at home.

    Shobha Kamath said:
    October 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Wow ! I have never tried stuffed ridge gourd before. Looks really good ! Will try this out. Thanks Prathiba for the recipe and visiting my space.

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 23, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      Hi Shobha,

      Thax as usual for visiting my blog. I visted ur blog have left a comment too.

    Akila said:
    October 20, 2012 at 9:19 pm
      prathibalrao responded:
      October 23, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      Hi Akila,

      Thanx a lot for commenting on my blog.

    ganesh said:
    November 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    wow…..looks gr8…..

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 17, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      Hi Ganesh,

      Did your veg pickle turn out fine later??????????? Try out this too whenever free!!!!!!!!

    ganesh said:
    December 30, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    ya the pickle tasted gr8…..i do try atleast two of ur recipes every weekend…..wanted it to be in my menu for new year……but its angarika sankashti… on 2nd pakka….will give u feedback….

    Deepa said:
    September 13, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    U mentioned goods masala but when should it be added?

      prathibalrao responded:
      September 13, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      Hi Deepa,

      I just missed out to make a mention of adding goda masala to the grind masala . Thanks for your alertness and i have made a mention of it right now. Once again thanks for the same.

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