Heerekaayi Yennegayi / Stuffed ridgegourd

2 medium sized ridgegourds / heerekaayi / ghosale / turai
5 tsp oil
1 sprig curry leaves
1 finely chopped onion
Chopped coriander leaves
Jaggery to taste (optional)
Salt to taste

3 tblsp peanuts
1tblsp white sesame seeds / til
2 tsp gurellu / niger seeds (optional)
2 tsp jeera / cumin  seeds
2 tsp red chilli pdr
5 garlic cloves
1/2 tsp turmeric pdr
1/2 tsp tamarind paste
Salt to taste
Dry roast peanuts,  sesame seeds, niger seeds and jeera separately
Grind it with garlic,red chilli pdr, turmeric pdr.   Transfer it in a bowl, add salt, tamarind and jaggery. Mix well and keep aside


  • Wash and peel ridgegourd. Cut into 1 inch pieces and make a cut on one side
  • Stuff the prepared masala inside the cuts of ridgegourd pieces
  • Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan ,add curry leaves, chopped onions and saute till light brown
  • Add the stuffed ridgegourd pieces,remaining masala and 1/2 cup water
  • Cover with a lid and cook till it is done
  • Check for salt , garnish with chopped coriander leaves
  • Serve hot with phulkas or jowar rotis.


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