Ridge Gourd Peel Chutney
Prep time: 5mins | Cook time: Nil | Serves 2
- 3/4th cup firmly packed ridge gourd (sponge gourd/gosale/hirekai/turai) peels * see notes
- 1 small onion chopped
- 3-4 tablespoons grated coconut
- 1-2 small green chillies (adjust to taste)
- 1/2 inch ginger
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped raw mango or tamarind/lime juice to taste
- salt to taste
For the tempering:
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard
- 3-4 curry leaves
- 1 tbsp oil
1. In small pan/wok heat some oil and saute the ridge gourd peels for 2-3 minutes. Remove and allow them to cool. Once cooled, grind them along with the rest of the ingredients to a thick paste. Use approx 2 tablespoons of water to grind it. Transfer into a bowl.
2. In a small pan heat the oil and toss in the mustard seeds, when they pop, add the curry leaves and toss for a couple of seconds. Turn off the flame and immediately pour the chutney into the seasoning – this will slightly heat up the chutney which will help remove the raw taste of the peel and at the same time retain the nutrients/vitamins.
1. I used 2 medium sized ridge gourds weighing approx 450-500 grams that yielded approx 3/4th cup
2. Ensure that the ridge gourd is properly washed before peeling. Run your fingers through the ridges
3. I have made this recipe in two ways – by lightly sauteing the peels before grinding and without sauteing (grinding them directly). You can try either way, but if you are using the peels directly, unless they are ground nicely there are chances that you may get some coarse fibre that remains unground so it is better to saute them before grinding.