Andhra Beerakaya Thokku Pachadi | Chutney with Ridge Gourd Peel

Beerakaya (called Ridge Gourd in English and Turai in Hindi) is one of my favourite vegetables. It is so soft, tender, and absolutely delicious. Apart from making Beerakaya Koora, we use the peel of to make a delicious Beerakaya Thokku Pachadi.

Beerakaya Thokku Pachadi | Ridge Gourd Peel Chutney is an Andhra Specialty
Beerakaya Thokku Pachadi | Ridge Gourd Peel Chutney

The peel of the ridge gourd is rich in nutrients and also fibre. As a result, this Ridge Gourd Peel Chutney is a great way of using the peel that would otherwise be discarded.

Also called Beerakaya Pottu Pachadi,  in Andhra Pradesh it is also is normally savoured with rice. The way we love to eat it in Andhra is to mix it with hot steamed rice and sesame oil/ghee.

How to Make Andhra Beerakaya Thokku Pachadi | Chutney with Ridge Gourd Peel

Beerakaya Thokku Pachadi | Beerakaya Pottu Pachadi is made with the peel of ridge gourd.
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Andhra Beerakaya Thokku Pachadi | Chutney with Ridge Gourd Peel
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Andhra Beerakaya Thokku Pachadi is a delicious Chutney made with Ridge Gourd Peel. It is typically eaten with hot rice but is also an excellent accompaniment for dosas and idlis.

Course: Accompaniment, Main, Side Dish
Cuisine: Andhra Pradesh, Andhra Recipes, South Indian
Servings: 4 People
Author: Aruna
Ingredients
For the Beerakaya Thokku Pachadi
  • 1 Cup Chopped Ridge Gourd Peel
  • 2 tbsp Udad Dal
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 2 Flakes Tamarind
  • 3-4 Spicy Red Chillies
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • Salt to Taste
  • Little Water
For the Tempering
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 2 Red Chillies
Instructions
Making the Beerakaya Thokku Pachadi
  1. Peel the ridge gourd and chop the ridge gourd peel to small pieces. Use the ridge gourd to make Beerakaya Kura.

  2. Heat 2 tbsp oil.

  3. Add the udad dal and stir-fry till it is golden brown.

  4. Add the red chillies and stir-fry for a few seconds.

  5. Add the chopped ridge gourd peel and stir-fry till the edges start to turn brown.

  6. Turn off the heat.

  7. Add salt, turmeric and tamarind.

  8. Mix well and let cool.

  9. Using a little water, grind the fried ingredients to a smooth paste. The 

  10. Transfer the Beerakaya Thokku Pachadi into a bowl.

Tempering the Beerakaya Thokku Pachadi
  1. Heat 1 tsp oil.

  2. Add the mustard seeds and wait till they splutter.

  3. Add the split red chillies and stir-fry for a few seconds.

  4. Add the tempering to the Beerakaya Thokku Pachadi and mix well.

The Many Ways of Savouring the Beerakaya Thokku Pachadi
  1. Serve as a side-dish to Idli or Dosa.

  2. Mix with some hot rice and sesame oil, and enjoy one mouthful at a time. 

Recipe Notes
  • Choose tender ridge gourd as the peel will then not be too tough.
  • Be sure to add enough red chillies as that is the only spice in this Beerakaya Pottu Pachadi.

 

A Step-by-Step Recipe for Andhra Beerakaya Thokku Pachadi

  1. Wash and dry the beerakaya.
  2. Peel the beerakaya and set the peeled beerakaya aside to make Beerakaya Koora.
  3. Chop the peel to small pieces so that it fries well.
    Chopped Ridge Gourd Peel
  4. In a kadai/wok, heat 2 tbsp oil.
  5. Add udad dal and fry till the dal turns light brown.
  6. Add spilt red chillies and fry for a minute.
    Add Chillies to Fried Udad Dal
  7. Add the chopped peel.
  8. Fry over medium heat till the peel starts to turn brown at the edges.
    Add Ridge Gourd Peel and Fry
  9. Add the tumeric, salt and tamarind. Mix well.
  10. Set aside to cool.
  11. Grind the fried peel, fried udad dal, turmeric, and tamarind to a coarse paste along with a little water.
    Grind Ingredients for the Beerakaya Pottu Pachadi
  12. Take the pachadi into a bowl.
  13. In a ladle, heat 1 tsp of oil.
  14. Add the mustard seeds and wait till they splutter.
  15. Add the red chilli and fry for a minute.
    The Tempering for the Beerakaya Pottu Pachadi
  16. Add the oil, mustard seeds, and red chilli to the pachadi.

    Andhra Beerakaya Thokku Pachadi
    Andhra Beerakaya Thokku Pachadi
  17. Mix well.
  18. Serve with hot rice and ghee.