Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Superlative Subji - Ridgegourd Curry

ridgegourd curry

ridge gourd curry with spinach and cottage cheese chappatis


Why is it that everything with little kids is in the superlative? Everything they say/do is a matter of extreme emergency.

Take this scenario - they are laying in the sun, enjoying the unusual warm weather. "I'm burning hot! My legs are on fire.."

or in the evening, when it turns a bit chilly and the windows are still open "Mom, its freezing cold!! I feel like I am turning into ice!!!"

As they burst in the through the door, back from school - "It is like 500 degrees outside... we have to play outside, it is the best day of the summer!!"

They never get just plain hungry. They go from "I'm so stuffed" to "I'm really starving...when's dinner?"

Are all kids like this? or have I been blessed with a couple of really super, really cute, really adorable, but really dramatic little rascals?

Well, I'm sure any mom in the world with agree with me that their kids are just the cutest, bestest, goodest (oh yes, those are real words, ask any 5 year old!!) kids in the whole entire world.

On that note, here is a superlative curry recipe. I have been on a quest lately to make super nutritious meal for my family. I'm trying to pack as much nutritive value into each meal because I'm convinced that in this season of colds/flus, every body needs to build up their immunity the natural way.

This curry is full of vitamin rich vegetables, cooked with very little oil and robustly flavored with sambhar powder. The sambhar powder is a key ingredient in this curry and imparts a really wonderful spicy smoky flavor to the dish. The jaggery adds a mellow sweetness and packs a lot of iron. This curry goes well with chappatis, rotis or plain steamed rice. I served it with spinach-cottage cheese chappatis to add some iron, protein and calcium into the meal.

So here it is... a super good, super easy, super nutritious, super yummy - ridgegourd curry.

vegetables

clockwise from right: ridgegourd, baby new potatoes, carrots, onions, tomatoes

Ingredients:
1 medium ridgegourd or 2 small ones
2 small baby potatoes
1 small carrot
2 ripe tomatoes
1 small onion
1 tsp oil
1/2 tsp cumin/jeera seeds
3 tsp sambhar powder or curry powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 small lump of jaggery (or substitute 1 tsp brown sugar)
salt to taste
Method:
  1. Chop all the vegetables into medium cubes
  2. Heat 1 tsp oil in a wide pan
  3. When it gets hot, add the cumin seeds
  4. When the cumin seeds are roasted, add the chopped onions
  5. Saute the onions well. Add the sambhar powder and turmeric powder.
  6. Add the jaggery and salt and fry well. The sambhar powder should smell roasted and wonderful at this point. Be careful not to burn it.
  7. Add the chopped tomatoes and fry till the tomatoes turn pulpy.
  8. Add the carrots, potatoes, ridgegourd pieces and stir well.
  9. Cover and let simmer in its own juices till all the vegerables are done.
  10. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve with chappatis, rotis, parathas or naan.

Here are some more superlative ridge gourd curry recipes from fellow bloggers: Nupur, Indira, Laxmi, Santhi. I'm sure there are a lot more out there!!


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87 Comments:

At Wed May 10, 10:43:00 AM 2006, Blogger Vineela said...

Hi SF,
I have to try your version of adding potatoes and tomato to ridgegourd.i like it verymuch with rice.
Healthy combo for chapathi too.

 
At Wed May 10, 11:26:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm loving your new posts on curries. However many different types new cuisines i may try, i always feel satisfied only if my meal is curry with chapati or rice. So keep them coming.
Kiran

 
At Wed May 10, 11:58:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

SH, this is to inform you that the phrase 'Gorgeous pics!' is to be added to every comment of mine from now. I'm getting tired fo this beyooooootiful-pics business.
Sandhya

 
At Wed May 10, 12:38:00 PM 2006, Blogger RP said...

Sounds so nutritious. Hope I will try this one day. I would love to.
The link to spinach cottage cheese chapathis seems to be broken. (http:// is entered twice).

Beautiful pictures as always. :)

 
At Wed May 10, 01:33:00 PM 2006, Blogger Saffron said...

Vineela Yes, healthy and lowfat and delicious! can't beat that, right?

Kiran Thanks! stay tuned for more curries :)

Sandhya You are too kind...thanks!

RP give it a try, I'm sure you will like it. oops, fixed the typo, thanks.

 
At Wed May 10, 01:58:00 PM 2006, Blogger Sumitha said...

Hi Saffron,
Just as how our world has changed,so are our kids!

 
At Wed May 10, 02:37:00 PM 2006, Blogger BDSN said...

i like ridge gourd curry and this combo of veggies is really a nutritive bunch..will surely give a try..

 
At Wed May 10, 03:04:00 PM 2006, Blogger Santhi said...

never cooked ridgegourd with potatoes.

Have some cut ridge gourd ready in my fridge. This is going into my menu for this week.

 
At Wed May 10, 03:05:00 PM 2006, Blogger Santhi said...

And thanks for linking me here SH

 
At Wed May 10, 04:19:00 PM 2006, Blogger Revathi said...

Excellent recipe and excellent fotos as usual. Well worth a tr - Hopefully my husband who hates carrot and lovess ridgegourd will try it..

 
At Wed May 10, 06:42:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Priya said...

Wonderful picture...the curry with the green parathas looks so vibrant....and a very nive recipe...will try it out soon...our Indian store does not stock ridge gourd :-(

 
At Wed May 10, 07:22:00 PM 2006, Blogger Kitchenmate said...

Saffron: Looks yummy and delicious. As usual, pictures are amazing and soooo beautiful.
Goes to my must do, let you know how it turned out.
I tried your mooli paratha and the taste is so yummy. I think, i almost made most of your recipes and every one of them came out good. Thanks for sharing all these saffron:)

 
At Wed May 10, 08:11:00 PM 2006, Blogger Faffer said...

Hahaha - love how you always start your blogs with anecdotes - they make for a good reading.

 
At Wed May 10, 09:17:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Priya said...

I hardly knew 1 or 2 recipes with ridgegourd , thanks to the food blogger now i know so many recipes for ridgegourd. Lovely pictures as usual, love the bright colors.
And hey i tried ur veg mutton kurma on Sunday . It was super yummy. I used saunf instead of ajwain. Thanx for the recipes.

 
At Thu May 11, 02:38:00 AM 2006, Blogger Vaishali said...

SH,
Ridge-gourd and Sambhar powder is an interesting combination. I have never tried it before, but I'm sure it'll taste good. Thanks for the recipe.
Btw, your post shows the date of 8th May and I saw the post only today. Don't tell me 'Blogger' took this long to publish it!

 
At Thu May 11, 06:34:00 AM 2006, Blogger Luv2cook said...

That looks delicious SH and the pictures are gorgeous as always. I cannot wait to get my hands on ridgegourd this summer so I can cook something up. I am not sure when that is going to happen though. sigh!

 
At Thu May 11, 06:38:00 AM 2006, Blogger Tanuja said...

Hi SH,

Another great colourful recipe from ur kitchen, I do make this curry put never added potatoes to it I will give a try.

 
At Thu May 11, 09:28:00 AM 2006, Blogger Ashwini said...

I think I can only take ridge gourd if there are a lot of other veges added to disguise it :-)

 
At Thu May 11, 09:41:00 AM 2006, Blogger Lakshmi said...

nice recipe SH. but never tried ridgegourd with potatoes, will try it.
and thanks for linking me up.

 
At Fri May 12, 07:50:00 AM 2006, Blogger Inji Pennu said...

Ridegourd with potatoes, that sounds good, I need to try it.I think the mushy ridgegourd will go well with potatoes,right?
Thankyou.

 
At Fri May 12, 08:03:00 AM 2006, Blogger Cooking Theory said...

Never tried ridge guard with potatoes. Looks delicious :)

 
At Fri May 12, 11:40:00 PM 2006, Blogger maverick said...

Hello,
I really enjoyed looking over your blog. I stumbled across it while I was looking for baby shower gift to compare to some of the baby shower gift I make. If you get a chance, go to www.diapergifts.com and let me know what you think. I will be coming back to vist your blog often. Good Luck!

 
At Sat May 13, 04:50:00 AM 2006, Blogger maverick said...

Hello,
I really enjoyed looking over your blog. I stumbled across it while I was looking for baby gift to compare to some of the baby gift I make. If you get a chance, go to www.diapergifts.com and let me know what you think. I will be coming back to vist your blog often. Good Luck!

 
At Sat May 13, 09:17:00 AM 2006, Anonymous sher said...

Thank you so much for all these recipes. And I have to make the Spinach Cheese Parathas--delicious, and good for you. You're an inspiration.

 
At Sun May 14, 03:34:00 AM 2006, Blogger Sumitha said...

Hi Saffron,
A very Happy Mothers Day to you !

 
At Mon May 15, 06:07:00 AM 2006, Blogger Safran said...

Dear Saffron Hut, I love this recipe, colourful and healthy...I want to congratulate your mother's day too :) Best regards...

Safran

 
At Mon May 15, 11:12:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Mythili said...

SH,
Great recipe and Happy Mother's day to you!

 
At Mon May 15, 07:12:00 PM 2006, Blogger Saffron said...

Sumitha Yup, that's for sure..hard to keep up with them!

BSDN, Santhi if you like RG, you will surely like this curry.

Revathi if he has a strong dislike for carrots, you can leave it out!!

Priya thanks! yes, try it out..i'm sure you will like it.

KM Hey, thanks for trying out my recipes!!

Faffer Thanks! I try :-)

Priya glad you liked the kurma. The blogosphere is amazing for getting new recipes..isn't it?

Vaishali I reused an old draft for this post, hence the date glitch!! I'm to blame for this...not blogger :) :)

L2C I would love to grow ridgegourd too....let's see...

Tanuja I use potatoes to provide a texture contrast with the gourd. See if you like it!!

Ashwini My hubby too!! but he does like this recipe :-)

Laxmi. LG, CT, Maverick Thanks everyone!

Sher Thank you, you are too kind!!

Sumitha, Safran, Mythili awwww....thanks! Happy Mother's Day to you all also!!

 
At Tue May 16, 07:08:00 AM 2006, Blogger CyberRowdy(Q8TechDrive) said...

yummmy yummmy ....ohh cant withstand...

 
At Tue May 16, 07:58:00 PM 2006, Blogger Kalyn said...

I am so proud of myself because I kinda-sorta know what ridge gourd is. See how much I've learned from the food blogs!

 
At Thu May 18, 06:03:00 AM 2006, Blogger gattina said...

Hi Saffron,
I didn't realize ridge gourd packed with iron... I'd eat this veggie more often! Your recipe looks easy and lovely, will try!
Another one I'm gonna try is your spinach & cheese chappatis, but I need to buy the right type of flour then...
Again, superb photography!

 
At Thu May 18, 09:02:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Aparna said...

Hi

Regular visitor to your blog. Adding 'Saffron Hut' in my blogroll!
Thanks

 
At Thu May 18, 02:04:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No new receipe in a long time.
Hope you are doing fine.

 
At Thu May 18, 06:02:00 PM 2006, Blogger RP said...

Where did you vanish? Taking a break? Hope everything is fine with you and family.

 
At Fri May 19, 01:30:00 AM 2006, Blogger Vaishali said...

Hey SH,
You've kinda disappeared. Too busy?

 
At Fri May 19, 11:49:00 AM 2006, Blogger Inji Pennu said...

yeah...thats what im wondering too! Where art thou? I had posted a question about your wonderful besan burfi on that post too.

 
At Fri May 19, 02:05:00 PM 2006, Blogger Saffron said...

Hi all, thanks for asking. My little one is sick and I've been harried with Dr visits and consultations. Will be on a break till we figure out what's going on with her. later....

 
At Fri May 19, 02:49:00 PM 2006, Blogger Inji Pennu said...

Oh-ho! Get well soon little saffronhut!

 
At Sat May 20, 08:49:00 AM 2006, Blogger Kitchenmate said...

Hope the "little princess" gets well soon.Take care of her and Don't worry, she is going to be better, faster:)

 
At Sat May 20, 11:55:00 AM 2006, Blogger Reshma said...

hope she's getting better ....

 
At Sat May 20, 04:48:00 PM 2006, Anonymous SP said...

I have never liked Ridge Gourd but need to give your recipe a try.. The muttonless vegetarian curry writeup brought back nostalgic memories .. :-) Remember the burger with no burger and a few others. Great writeups and of course great photos.

 
At Sun May 21, 12:00:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Manisha said...

SH, I hope the little one is on her way to recovery. Strengthening thoughts and lots of warm wishes are flowing her way and yours, too. Take care of yourself, too, as she will draw from your strength through this. Hope to hear from you soon saying all's well!

 
At Sun May 21, 09:39:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Priya said...

Hi Saffron,
Hope ur bundle of joy recovers soon. Take care and always wear a smile on ur face.
Take care and Miss u lots

 
At Sun May 21, 02:01:00 PM 2006, Blogger Vaishali said...

SH,
Wishing your daughter a fast recovery...

 
At Mon May 22, 07:55:00 AM 2006, Blogger Sumitha said...

Hey Saffron!
Hope the little one is getting better,do come back soon saffron,I miss you!

 
At Mon May 22, 09:00:00 AM 2006, Anonymous santhi said...

How the lil one doing SH??/
Hope she is on her way to recovery and is feeling better now..

 
At Tue May 23, 02:24:00 PM 2006, Blogger archana said...

Hi Saffron,
Hope you little girl is feeling better.
Archana

 
At Tue May 23, 05:02:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Aparna said...

SH, I have been checking for a new recipe for days now but didn't check the comments. I hope your little one gets better soon.

 
At Tue May 23, 05:22:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Pria Balasubramaniam said...

Saffron - I hope your little one is better. Keep us posted - we miss you.

 
At Tue May 23, 05:47:00 PM 2006, Blogger RP said...

How is she doing now? Hope all is well. Please keep up posted when you get a chance. Take care SH.

 
At Tue May 23, 10:41:00 PM 2006, Blogger perspective said...

Wow you have just so many comments here already on this recipe...
Hope you dont mind it... I've just linked ur recipe on my food group
www.chilliesandchutney@yahoogroups.com

Will try out a ridgegourd recipe today and post it on my blog :)

Thanks a lot

 
At Wed May 24, 06:05:00 AM 2006, Blogger Menu Today said...

Hi SH,
Hope Your Little one is better now. Take care of her.

 
At Wed May 24, 06:18:00 AM 2006, Blogger shammi said...

Saffron Hut, how is your little one now? better? I'm missing your posts, you know, and I'm sure I speak for everybody :)

Next time, Chicago will be on my US-visit list :)

 
At Wed May 24, 08:57:00 AM 2006, Anonymous shomas said...

Hello
Havent been in for long and hence missed a lot around here. Hope your little one is feeling much better. keep us updates

 
At Wed May 24, 11:33:00 AM 2006, Blogger Saffron said...

A quick note to let you all know that she is doing much better. Keeping my fingers crossed and praying that she keeps improving. I'm so touched and moved by all your queries and wishes. I was brought to tears by your concern. It is nice to know that she has so many well-wishers.

Thanks all!!

 
At Wed May 24, 01:08:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Manisha said...

Yay! That's good to hear! Love to you all!

 
At Wed May 24, 03:38:00 PM 2006, Blogger Reshma said...

Good to hear that Saffron!

 
At Thu May 25, 01:12:00 AM 2006, Anonymous manisha said...

Hi saffron,

Its so tough when the little ones are ill - you feel all the pain, helplessness and so much more. I pray your little one recovers fast and starts eating all the wonderful food you make!

take care of yourself too.
lots of love.

 
At Thu May 25, 08:34:00 AM 2006, Blogger BDSN said...

hey SH..

i was wondering what happened..but take care of urself and ur little girl..i hope everything gets better soon...good luck

 
At Thu May 25, 02:07:00 PM 2006, Blogger Anjali said...

Hi ... missed your posts for quite sometime ..hope she your little one is alright!!

 
At Fri May 26, 10:11:00 AM 2006, Blogger Krithika said...

Didn't read the comments. Hope your little one is doing better.

 
At Fri May 26, 09:40:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Tony of bachelor cooking said...

Not feeling well or something?

... I thought you must be unwell on something, then I just read the comments down below...

I am glad your little one is doing better... Must be much better by now.. Take good care of her.. and urself....

And feed her healthier food now on.. get her used to boiled vegetables and salads and Garlic is good for fortifying the immune system.. I am telling from experience on myself..

And hey, if the whole family is not vegetarian, Meat can be good for health. Otherwise it's fine..

 
At Sat May 27, 04:51:00 AM 2006, Blogger indosungod said...

SH, great to hear the little one is getting better, well wishes to her, take care of yourself too, I know it is hard on you when little ones are not keeping good health.

 
At Sat May 27, 03:28:00 PM 2006, Blogger Lakshmi said...

How is your lil one Saffron? Hope she is ok now.
By the way, i tried your poha and linked you on my blog, just have a look.

 
At Sat May 27, 03:44:00 PM 2006, Blogger Revathi said...

Hi SH

How is ur little one now ??? Take care

 
At Sat May 27, 04:54:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Indira said...

Hi SH,

Missed your posts.

Hope everything is alright at the homefront.

Lots of cheers to you and love to your little one!
Stay strong!
Best wishes,
Indira

 
At Sat May 27, 07:19:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Lera said...

Wishing your daughter a speedy recovery!

 
At Sun May 28, 10:07:00 AM 2006, Anonymous sailaja said...

Hi SF,
Hope the lil one is doing fine. Take care!
Miss your posts.

 
At Mon May 29, 01:19:00 PM 2006, Blogger indianadoc said...

Wandering around the 'blog street', I landed up here and amazing to see how a close knit cyber community has evolved...tis a nice feeling to see so many share even our personal worries and happiness...And of course I shouldnt forget to tell that it is a classy blog...with so many seducing food around!!...Hope to c u around with more postings from u'r kitchen...

 
At Tue May 30, 12:20:00 PM 2006, Blogger KrishnaArjuna said...

SH,
Hope your daughter is doing fine now.
Miss your posts..
Wish you all the best.
see you soon
Arjuna

 
At Tue May 30, 12:41:00 PM 2006, Blogger Garam Masala said...

SH, really missing your posts. Hope your daughter is feeling better. Come back soon.

 
At Tue May 30, 04:02:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Priya said...

Hi SH,

Hope your daughter is feeling much better now.
Prayers and Best Wishes.

priya

 
At Wed May 31, 04:04:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Aparna said...

SH,

Really missed your post. I have been just checking for the new post in here, never went through the comment. Nice to know that little princess of yours feeling better!

Take your time with children!

See you soon..

Aparna

 
At Wed May 31, 04:38:00 PM 2006, Blogger Vineela said...

Hi SH,
Daily visiting your blog but i dont know what is happening.I thought you have been to vacation.
Nice to read your little sweety is feeling better.Take care of your little one and your self.
Hope to see you soon with your little one smiles in the background.
Vineela

 
At Wed May 31, 09:05:00 PM 2006, Blogger Terri said...

SH, hope your little one is well on her way to recovery, and hope you swing back into action soon.

 
At Mon Jun 19, 07:10:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Linda said...

Hi Saffron Hut,

Stopped in here to thank you for the great recipe and read about your daughter ~ I hope things continue to improve.

Best wishes,

Linda

 
At Thu Sep 28, 06:30:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have tried some of your recipes and believe me each and everyone has been a hit.Loved,loved them all!!! especially the ridgegourd recipe. And as everyone says, GORGEOUS pics.

 
At Sat Nov 18, 01:47:00 PM 2006, Blogger Terri said...

SH, this is the fifth time I'm trying your ridgegourd recipe. It's come out superlatively well every single time. This time, I'm going to add paneer. There, I'm already salivating in anticipation.

 
At Thu Mar 15, 10:24:00 PM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi

I have tried out your recipe. It was awesome. My kids loved it. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.
Vanessa

 
At Mon Mar 19, 03:54:00 PM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi SH,

I liked your curry the second time that I made. It is a great curry, but there are 2 things that novice cooks should bear in mind though. One thing is that the 3 teaspoons of sambar powder is taste dependent (if u regularly use low spice level at home then this would be spicy), also the carrot and potatoes can be added before the ridgegourd - since they take longer to get done. This way the ridgegourd doesnt unnecessarily cook for longer than needed and loose nutrients.

The above probably is easily understood by experienced cooks, I am a novice hence the suggestions.....

cheers
Priya
yossarin@hotmail.com

 
At Thu Aug 16, 12:12:00 PM 2007, Blogger roopa said...

Hello SF !
Tried your Ridgegourd recipe today and came out excellent !!
am not a great fan of ridgegourd, but was hunting for a recipe for somtime as i like to use all vegetables in my cooking because of their nutritional values.
Also, liked your presentation !
It was delectable to the eyes and as well to the stomach !
Thanks
Roopa

 
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At Sun Mar 23, 11:48:00 AM 2008, Blogger Ritika said...

Hi,

Thank you so much for this wonderful receipe of Ridge gourd. I have been looking for it for so long. But I didn't know that we can add Sambhar powder in this as well. Very interesting....

 
At Wed Oct 08, 08:17:00 AM 2008, Anonymous Maven said...

Is ridge gourd the same thing as "Chinese Okra?" I have seen something similar to the picture in this post in my local Indian market, but they call it "Chinese Okra." Please advise:)

 
At Sat Jan 16, 08:42:00 AM 2010, Blogger Devi said...

Oh this sound delish!
Got seed in the mail today so just searching for recipes and planting instructions and found you.
Thank you for posting. Hope my grand children will like this wonderful vegetable. In the past I have only grown the luffa sponge type but hope to try eating this one in summer.
om nama sivaya
Devi

 
At Mon Jul 05, 09:07:00 PM 2010, Blogger The Rite-Bite said...

Hii
hey i have tried your recepie..and i love it the way it turns out...its too good...i make this often..thanks for such nice curry

 
At Sun May 29, 12:19:00 AM 2011, Blogger Rumana Rawat said...

Awesome recipe and a great pic:)

 

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