Heerekai chutney or ridgegourd chutney

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Heerekai chutney is made from the peels of ridgegourd, coconut and tamarind.  It is a good accompaniment for hot rice as well as dosas. Ridgegourd is called as peerkangai in Tamil and turai in hindi. It is low in fat and high in dietary fibre, vitamin C and iron. It also helps in strengthening your immune system against any infection.

Ingredients

  • Heerakai or ridgegourd peel - 3 cups (peels from 3 small ridgegourds)
  • Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
  • Whole red chillies - 3
  • Tamarind - a small lemon size ball
  • Chana dal - 2 tablespoons
  • Salt to taste
  • Cooking oil - 2 teaspoons
  • A pinch of asafoetida
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon

Method

Step 1

Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a pan. Add chana dal and roast it changes colour to light brown. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Step 2

In the same pan, add peels of ridgegourd and roast till raw smell goes away.

Step 3

Once cooled down, grind roasted chana dal, roasted ridgegourd peels, coconut, red chillies, tamarind and salt to a coarse paste adding little water.

Step 4

Transfer the chutney to a serving bowl.

Step 5

For tempering, heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a tadka pan. Add mustards seeds and asafoetida. Once the seeds stops spluttering, pour the tempering to the chutney

Step 6

Serve heerekai or ridgegourd chutney with rice or dosas.

Step 7

Note : Grinding the chutney to a coarse consistency gives better taste, when had with rice or dosas.

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