Ridge Gourd Kootu

Since ridge gourd (Luffa acutangula) is my husband’s favorite vegetable, I cook these gourds as frequent as possible. I usually make ridge gourd gothsu as a side for idli & dosa and kootu for rice as shown below.

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Ayurvedic properties of ridge gourd: There are 2 varieties of ridge gourd: sweet variety used for culinary purpose & bitter variety for medicinal purposes. Since bitter variety is too bitter to consume, it can not be used for cooking but it has been used to make ayurvedic potions to treat spleenomegaly, hepatomegaly, hemorrhoids, etc. I have listed below the ayurvedic properties of ridge gourd being used as a vegetable:

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  • Taste (Rasa): Sweet (Mathura)
  • Qualities (Guna):  Light for digestion (Laghu)
  • Potency (Veerya): Coolant (Hima)
  • Action (Karma):  Balances all three dosha (Kapha, pitta & vata)
  • Indicated in: Anorexia (Arochaka), cough & cold (Kasa), diabetes, urinary tract disorders (Meha), fever (Jwara), asthma and chronic respiratory disorders (Shwasa), skin disease (Kushta)

Now the recipe for peerkangai kootu :

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Time taken: 30 min

Yields : 1 cup (200 ml)

Ingredients:

  1. Ridge gourd : 3 Nos.
  2. Green gram lentil (cooked & mashed) – ¼ cup
  3. Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  4. Salt – ½ tsp

For grinding:

  1. Coconut – 3 pieces (each 1″)
  2. Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
  3. Green chillies – 2 Nos.
  4. Garlic – 1 clove
  5. Shallots – 5 Nos.

For tempering :

  1. Coconut oil – 1 tbsp
  2. Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  3. Onion – 1 No. (or shallots – 10 Nos.)
  4. Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Cooking Method :

  • Peel the skin using knife/ peeler and chop them into big chunks.
  • Steam those chunks for 5 min.

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  • Prepare a coconut paste as shown below and keep aside.

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  • Heat a pan with oil in medium flame.
  • Add mustard seeds and when they begin to crackle add chopped onion.
  • Add curry leaves and saute until onion become translucent.
  • Add turmeric powder and fry for 5 sec.
  • Add steamed gourd, cooked lentil & coconut paste and combine together.
  • Add salt and mix well.
  • Serve with hot rice and sambar, kara kulambu, or rasam.

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Please Note :

  • After cooking the gourd its volume is reduced to 1/3; so you may have to use at least one gourd per person.
  • It is better to check the taste of a gourd before cooking, if it tastes bitter discard the whole gourd.

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41 Comments Add yours

  1. Savvy Raj says:

    Love the way you present it all!!! Great recipes tempered just right with a dash of reflections and delightful pictures taken with love and dedication …. All from a passion so deeply rooted in our culture and tradition. Wonderful dear Megala 😍

    1. Megala says:

      I always enjoy reading your comments like a poetry ! 🙂 Thanks so much !!

      1. Savvy Raj says:

        You are so welcome. Megala Tx !😊

  2. Jennifer Bliss says:

    I need to keep an eye out for those gourds!

    1. Megala says:

      Hope you would find one soon ! Thank you !!

  3. I like Ridge Gourd kootu but now only knows its benefits, thanks for sharing

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, many of us are not aware of the health benefits of locally grown vegetables. I’m glad that you find it useful. Thank you !

  4. This kootu is new to me. Usually I make chutney with is vegetable. Will try this next time. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Megala says:

      Then you will like it ! 🙂

  5. This really looks super delicious! You take wonderful food photos!!

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks so much !

  6. Healthy and delicious recipe!!

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, thanks !

  7. Tasty and healthy dish! Very well explained as well. SO interesting to read about the ayurvedic properties of ridge gourd. It seems like a very powerful vegetable.

    1. Megala says:

      Certainly, thank you !

  8. A healthy and delicious recipe. And the bonus is ayurvedic benefits of the ridge gourd –thanks for sharing, they are very helpful!

    1. Megala says:

      Glad to hear that ! Thanks !!

  9. This looks delicious…as always!

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks ! 🙂

  10. Your photos are so enticing!

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks ! 🙂

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