For those who think Beerakaya aka Turai (Hindi) is a boring vegetable, they have to taste the Andhra version of the same. Ridge Gourd may not be an instant favorite for many, but when it comes to Andhra style fry, there is no resisting the delicious taste. Packed with nutrients and greatly apppeasing, Ridge Gourd or a Beerakaya Vepudu (Fry) makes a great side with rice and Roti. All you need is the right recipe!!
Here is a simple recipe of Andhra Style Beerakaya Vepudu or Ridge Guard Fry. Try it!!
Preparation Time – 30 minutes
Serves – 5 people
1/4 kg ridge gourds or Beerakaya
Onion – 1 to 2 finely chopped (some like a lot of onions so vary this as per your taste)
Green Chillies – 3 to 4 (Again, depends on the amount of spice)
Turmeric Powder – a pinch
Red chilli Powder – 1/2 table spoon
Coriander Powder – Half tsp
Roasted Methi Powder – slight pinch
Salt to taste
Oil – 3/4 to 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds – 1/2 Tsp
Cumin Seeds – 1/4 Tsp
Garlic Pods – 4 to 5, Crushed
Fresh Curry Leaves – 8 – 10
Cut the ridge gourds into half lengthwise and slice. Slice the onions as stated above
Heat the oil in a cooking vessel. Add mustard seeds and as they splutter, add cumin seeds. Let them turn brown. Add the crushed garlic, green chillies and curry leaves. Saute for 15 to 20 seconds.
Add the sliced onions and saute for 3-4 minutes. Add the sliced Beerakaya and turmeric powder. Let the mixture cook without lid for about 5 minutes.
Cook on a medium heat for sometime, constantly sauteing the fry in between. Place the lid, reduce it to low flame and let it cook covered for approximately 15 minutes.
Keep checking the fry in between so as to not let it burn. Add chilli powder, coriander powder, roasted methi powder and salt.
If the fry appears slightly watery, continue to cook till the water evaporates completely. Stir fry on a high flame for a half a minute and then turn off the heat.
Serve the deliciously hot Beerakaya fry with steamed rice or rotis.