Turai,Turiya or Ridge gourd is a green ridged vegetable with white pulp inside.The skin is peeled off around the ridges and surrounding areas before it is cut and cooked. My mom can make a mean chutney from the peeled skin but I will save that recipe for some other day. Turiya or as we call it – Peerey can be quite bitter sometimes and maybe that’s why I have noticed quite a few people taking a quick bite of this vegetable before buying. I prefer selecting Turiya based on its appearance..if the skin doesn’t look dry.. I buy it. The taste of this dish rides a lot on the vegetable picked so choose well! I prefer to pair this dish with some rice and curry.
(Note: Add little salt to begin with. This vegetable when cooked reduces in size by almost 50%. )
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
- 1-2 tablespoon oil
- 1 teaspoon mustard seed
- 1 sprig curry leaves ( kadipatta)
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1/2 of a small onion peeled and chopped
- 2 green chili peppers, chopped
- salt to taste
- 2 Turiya / Ridge gourd chopped into 1/2 inch cubes (Clean it well before you cut it)
- 2 tablespoon grated coconut (optional)
- Heat a tablespoon of oil in a wok. To it add mustard seeds and as they begin to sputter add curry leaves and garlic.
- After 10 seconds or so add onions,green chillies and salt. Fry it till onions turn translucent.
- Add Turiya and let it cook covered for 10 minutes until it is done. ( Note: You don’t need to add water while cooking this vegetable. It releases water on its own).
- Garnish it with grated coconut (if using).