Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Beerakaya Pachadi (Ridge Gourd pickle)

Having lived in Andhra Pradesh for a long time, I have grown up eating lot of pickles/chutneys. One of my favorites and easy to make chutneys is Beerakaya/Ridge Gourd. This is easy and its my mom's way of making this.
Ridge Gourd: 2 medium sized
Green Chili: 3 (you can increase or decrease this)
Garlic: 3 cloves
Channa Dal: 1 tsp
Jeera: 1 tsp
Curry Leaves: 1 string
Salt: according to taste
Oil: 2 tbsp

For tempering:
Mustard Seeds: 1 tsp
Cumin: 1 tsp
Hing: a pinch

  • Wash and peal the ridge gourd. You can leave a little bit of skin if you like the texture to be slightly rough. Chop the veggie in to small 1 inch pieces.
  • Heat 1 1/2 tsp of oil in a pan and add Channa dal, jeera and curry leaves. 
  • Stir and add garlic pods and green chilies. Fry for a minute.
  • Now add the chopped ridge gourd to the above and cook without adding water. Stir once in a while.
  • Once the veggie is cooked, remove from the stove and cool it. 
  • In a mixer grinder, blend the veggie until it is soft. Add salt. 
  • Now, in a little pan, heat oil and add everything under 'for tempering'. 
Chutney is ready!

Serving Suggestions:
  1. With hot rice and a tsp of ghee. 
  2. With sambar rice.


  1. My version is quite different from urs, pickle looks super delicious and fingerlicking..

  2. Delicious and tempting chutney..loved your version..will give this a try..

  3. Yummy and healthy pachadhi.Love it.

  4. Pickle looks awesome. Very unique from what I had till date.Would love to try it out.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  5. Wowwww... sounds delicious and tempting.. thanks for the awesome recipe.. :)

  6. Recipe is completely new to me... looks delicious..

  7. I love this one ...looks so gud

  8. This pickle is very new to me. Looks super tempting. Will definitely try it. Thanks for sharing.

  9. looks so delicious and wonderful pachadi !!

  10. I make a thogayal out of this ,but with urad dal.Yummy stuff..

  11. Love this chutney with dosa also .

  12. nice color looks tasty pickle

  13. Yum, looks delicious, very flavorful:)
    US Masala

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    beerakaya pachadi