Heerekai palya (Ridgegourd vegetable) recipe

Ridgegourd vegetable is high in dietary fibre, iron and vitamin C.  It is also called as turai in hindi or peerkangai in tamil.  A simple and easy, but tasty recipe that goes well with rice and rotis.


  • Ridgegourd - 4
  • Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Garam masala powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Sugar - 1 teaspoon
  • Oil - 2 tablespoons
  • Salt to taste


Step 1

HOW TO MAKE HEEREKAI PALYA RECIPE Wash, peel and chop the vegetable into small pieces and set aside.

Step 2

Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds. When it stops spluttering, add cumin seeds and fry for half a minute.

Step 3

Add chopped ridgegourd, turmeric powder and salt and cook on a low flame with the pan covered with a lid.

Step 4

Cook till all the water is absorbed by the vegetable.

Step 5

Add red chilli powder, garam masala powder and sugar and mix well.

Step 6

Cook for another 2 minutes.

Step 7

Serve heerekai palya hot with roti or rice.

Step 8

Note : Ridgegourd vegetable has got water content, so there is no need to add water while cooking this vegetable.

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