Karnataka Veg Thali {Kannadiga Oota} - South Indian Meal Series
Recipe type: vegetarian side
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 3
Heerakai palya or ridge gourd stirfy is staple in Karnataka cuisine and there are many versions to it. I love this one as it is completely new to my palate.
  • Ridge gourd : 2-3 (In Bangalore you get the super big size)
  • Spice blend -
  • Coriander seeds : 1 tsp
  • Chana dal / Bengal gram : 1 tbsp
  • Sesame seeds : 1 tsp
  • Peanuts : 10-12
  • Coconut : 2-3 tbsp
  • Red chillies : 2
  • Curry leaves : 1 sprig
  • Mustard seeds : 1 tsp
  • Oil : 2 tbsp
  • Salt as per taste
  1. Wash and peel the ridge gourd. Then chopped them into cubes.
  2. In a pan dry roast all the ingredients listed under spice blend. Cool it off and blend them in a mixer to a smooth paste with help of little water.
  3. Add the ridge gourd with little salt, turmeric fry for few minutes and then cover it, lower the flame and let it steam cook till done.
  4. Ridge gourd is soft vegetable and releases lots of water and get cooked very fast.
  5. Once the vegetable is soft, add the spice blend and mix them properly. Check for the seasonings
  6. This is dry curry, so adjust the gravy as per your liking. I like it with clingy gravy, not completely dry.
  7. Serve hot with rice or akki roti.
Recipe by saffronstreaks at https://saffronstreaks.com/recipes/karnataka-veg-thali-kannadiga-oota-south-indian-meal-series/