Stirfried Ridgegourd

Ridgegourd : 1 medium (peeled, chopped into 1″ pieces)
Oil : 1tsp
Mustard: 1/2  tsp
Turmeric : 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves : few
To make Masala Powder :
Red Chillies : 4 (adjust according to taste)
Cumin/Jeera : 1tsp
Grated coconut : 2tbsp
Salt : as required
Dry roast red chillies, jeera on a hot pan.
Powder all the ingredients together with salt and keep it aside.

1.Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan. When it is hot add mustard seeds and when it starts crackling add turmeric, curry leaves and mix.
2.Add chopped ridgegourd pieces and mix thoroughly. Fry for 2 minutes on high.  Cover the lid and cook on simmer until the ridgegourd pieces are soft.
3.Add the masala powder over the cooked ridgegourd pieces and mix well.
4.Continue to stir and cook for next 3-4 mins. Switch off the stove and cover the lid and leave it aside for 5-8 mins before you serve with steamed rice or roti.

Recipe courtesy: Viji Udayshanker

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