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Peerkangai Thogaiyal – Turai Ridge Gourd Chutney

Peerkangai Thogaiyal – Turai Ridge Gourd Chutney
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It’s the time of the year when vegetable shops abundantly display gourds of all shapes and sizes. Make tasty dishes from these unpromising but highly nutritious vegetables. Apart from being good for weight watchers, Tori/ Turai/ Peerkangai is high in fibre content, low in saturated fat and cholesterol. The Ridge Gourd Peanut Chutney or Peerkangai Thogaiyal, is easy to make and tastes really good too.

Adapted from the traditional Tamil Peerkangai Thogaiyal, this  Ridge Gourd Peanut Chutney is made from the peel of Ridged Gourd (Tori/ Peerkangai) roasted in sesame oil with curry leaves, peanuts, chilli and spices, and ground into a fragrant chutney. The addition of peanuts adds to the texture, taste and health benefits of the chutney. Serve with hot rice and sesame oil and with pappad.

Health Benefits of Ridge Gourd:

  • Rich in dietary fiber, the Ridge gourd is good for digestion and has a significant content of cellulose as well as being high in water content that helps to relieve from constipation and healing piles.
  • Rich in  Vitamin C, as well as minerals such as Zinc, Iron, Riboflavin, Magnesium and Thiamin, ridge gourd is  also high in Beta-carotene which helps in good eye sight.
  • It is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and calories and is hence useful in weight control
  • Ridge gourd contains insulin and helps in managing sugar levels in diabetes, as well as in purifying blood as well as in liver health.
  • Ridge gourd juice has been used since ancient times to heal jaundice and to strengthen the immune system against infection. It helps in skin and complexion care, due to its blood purifying qualities.
  • Ridge gourd helps to manage acidity and prevent ulcers. As it is a coolant, it aids in handling burning and irritation because of urine.

This is a fresh and healthy vegetable and the Peerkangai thogaiyal is a tasty way to obtain all this nutrition.
I have made another version of the Peerkangai Thogaiyal in my series on Cooking for the New mom. Ridge gourd is one of the vegetables accepted in the Pathiya Samayal or Balanced Diet for the new mother, and as chillies are not to be used, fresh peppercorns take their place.

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Turai Ridge Gourd Peanut Chutney with Curry Leaves – Peerkangai Thogaiyal with Karuvepallai & Verkadalai Yum
Tasty and Easy, Highly nutritious Peerkangai Thogaiyal or Ridge Gourd Chutney enhanced with Peanuts. Rich in fibre, minerals and vitamins, it help fight diabetes and digestive complaints.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
  1. Wash the Turai (Peerkangai)  scrubbing it well. Cut it  into about 4 pieces, and remove the marrow. We are going to use only the peel. The marrow can be reserved for use in sambar or a curry.
  2. Keep all the ingredients ready as per the list above. Chop the tori peel roughly into 2 to 3 " pieces to make them convenient to handle.
  3. Heat the oil in a pan, reduce the heat and and add methi, til seeds and red chillies one after the other, sautéing for 5 secs each.
  4. Add the pepper and hing, sauté and add the peanuts. Sauté for 30 secs while the peanuts crack and burst.
  5. Add the thowar dhal, sauté for 30 secs making sure the dhal doesn't blacken and char.
  6. Add the curry leaves ( breathe in the aroma as you fry them)! If they are fresh, they will crackle and sputter in the oil.
  7. Using a slotted spatula, remove all the roasted ingredients to a dry bowl, gently pressing them to the sides of the pan as you remove, so that the oil is drained and remains in the pan.
  8. Add the chopped tori to the remaining oil, sauté, turning them over in the oil for 3 minutes.
  9. Add turmeric powder, sauté for 10 secs and remove the pan from the flame.
  10. Once the roasted vegetables , lentils, peanuts and spices have cooled, grind into a paste in a food processor, without adding water. If the mixture seems to dry to grind, add 1-2 tsps of water. Add salt sparingly, run the processor so the salt integrates with the chutney, taste and add more if required.
  11. Transfer the chutney to a serving bowl
  12. Serve with hot rice and a tsp of sesame oil and fried pappad or potato chips. The chutney is to be mixed with the rice and oil.
  13. I have successfully ( and enjoyably) used this chutney as a spread for sub sandwiches, tomato sandwiches, and in quesadilla.
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2 thoughts on “Peerkangai Thogaiyal – Turai Ridge Gourd Chutney”

  • Thanks Ramya, and do let me know how it turns out! I stock this in the freezer for upto 2 weeks, and use it as needed.

  • This looks lovely! And love the idea of using it on subs. Will definitely try, a much healthier option to store bought sauces.

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