DODKA (RIDGE GOURD) BHAJI
Ridge gourd is called Ghosale in my mother tongue, Konkani. It is called Dodka in Marathi, Turai in Hindi and Heerekayi in Kannada. We use ridge gourd at home from time to time as it has various properties that make it good for health.
Elsewhere in this blog you will find recipes for other dishes made with ridge gourd such as:-
I have adapted today's recipe from Turai ki Subzi from the well-known cookery website, Veg Recipes of India.
Tip: It is essential to first taste the ridge gourd and make sure it is not bitter before using it in any dish.
We tried out this easy to make dish recently and I must say it tasted great.
- Dodka (Ridge Gourd), 250-300 gms
- Moong Dal, 2 tbsp
- Medium-sized Onion, 1
- Green Chilli, 2
- Garlic Cloves, 4
- Turmeric Powder, 1/8 tsp
- Asafoetida, (Hing), 1/8 tsp
- Fresh Coconut Gratings, 1/4 cup
- Coriander Leaves, 2 tbsp
- Oil, 1 and 1/2 tbsp
- Salt, to taste
Wash the ridge gourd and cut off the two ends
Peel and chop the ridge gourd to bite-size pieces
Chop the onion and garlic
Finely chop the green chillies and coriander leaves
Heat oil in a thick-bottomed kadhai and add the chopped onions and garlic
Saute on medium heat till the onions become translucent
Add the chopped green chillies, turmeric powder and asafoetida and mix well
To this add the chopped ridge gourd and the soaked moong dal and the water in which it was soaked
Add salt to taste
Cover and cook on medium heat till the ridge gourd gets done
Now add the freshly grated coconut and the finely chopped coriander leaves
Mix well and switch off the gas
Transfer the Dodka Bhaji to serving bowl
Serve hot with chapati or as a side dish with the main meal
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