Posted by: Sahaja | March 21, 2009

Beerakaya Ullikaram – Ridge gourd with onion gravy!

Umm……till I was 12yrs I never liked this vegetable, then I had jaundice, and since I dont take buttermilk, my mom gave me loads of various variety dishes with this! Thats because , it has lot of water content and potentially cools your body! Also , it has a lot of fibre too!

When I went to University, I found, most of my friends dont like it in curry, and I figured out that its coz of the sweetness it carries over….most people like curries to be hot! So this recipe is for those, who do not want the dominating sweet taste. Doing it with onions gives, the masala tint to curry even without adding much masala. So people , try this and i am sure u’ll love it 🙂

What You Need?

  • Ridge gourd – 3 medium sized
  • Onion – 1 large
  • green chillies – 3-5 medium sized
  • Salt – to taste
  • Coriander – to garnish

For Popu/Tadka –


  • Urad dal [black gram]- 1/2 tsp
  • Chana dal [yellow split lentils]  – 1/2 tsp
  • Jeera [cumin seeds] -1/4 tsp
  • Mustard seeds -1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 1 twig



How to make?


  • finely chop the onion and green chillies and grind them with a pinch of salt added, into a paste. It need not be very smooth, I would suggest 1min in blender/mixie.
  • Now, take a pan, heat oil in it.
  • Add the popu/tadka ingridients… by one, starting with mustard seeds. Wait till they pop and the dals turn slight brown.
  • Now add the paste we made before….on a low flame, cook for 3-4mins
  • Now to this add the cut ridge gourd pieces and cook on low heat for 5mins with lid closed.
  • Add salt, mix well.
  • Garnish with coriander and lemon juice if you would like and serve hot with rice/roti.



Hope you like this….Its simple, easy to make and not so many ingridients!



  1. Nice post sahaja…I love this..

    • Thank you pooja 🙂

  2. My mother used to make Birakaya podi, we can mix in rice and eat with chips. This one looks more like curry. Interesting, but let me learn the cooking of common vegetables first!

    Destination Infinity

    • Hmm ya DI , we do make that podi too…this is more like a curry :)…
      common now, this is common too! btw, if u know how to make aloo fry, u can make most of veggies in same way !

  3. ya i do agree tht this curry is having an amazing flavour nd taste i love it sahaja…thx dear…i like to cook…

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