Peerkangai Kootu Recipe | Ridge Gourd Stew Recipe

Like snakegourd, we can make wonderful stew using ridgegourd too. Ridge gourd is extremely rich in dietary fiber and enriched with all the vital elements. It is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and calories that aids in weight loss. So we need to try and use this healthy vegetable more in our kitchen. Lets see the simple Ridge Gourd Stew (Peerkangai Kootu) recipe now...

Peerkangai Kootu Recipe | Ridge Gourd Stew Recipe
Peerkangai Kootu Recipe | Ridge Gourd Stew Recipe

Preparation and Yield:
Preparation time10 mins
Cooking Time30 mins

Peerkangai Kootu Recipe | Ridge Gourd Stew Recipe
Peerkangai Kootu Recipe | Ridge Gourd Stew Recipe


Ridge gourd (Peerkangai)250gms
Turmeric Powder1/2 teaspoon
SaltTo Taste
Moong dal1/4 Cup*

* 1 cup = 250 ml capacity

For Grinding:
Grated Coconut2 tablespoon
Whole Pepper1 teaspoon
Cumin Seeds1/2 teaspoon

For Seasoning:
Oil1 teaspoon
Split Urid dal1 teaspoon
Red Chilli1
Curry Leavesfew


  1. Remove the seeds and finely chop the Ridgegourd. If the Ridgegourd is tender, we can also include the seeds as they would be very tender. Take the chopped Ridgegourd  in a vessel and add salt and turmeric and pressure cook it. Allow 2-3 whishles. Also pressure cook the moong dal

  2. While the Ridgegourd and moong dal is being cooked in the pressure cooker, we can take the grinding ingredients in the mixer and grind it to a nice paste 

  3. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds starts to sputter, add urid dal and fry till the dal turns golden brown color. Add the broken red chilli and curry leaves and fry for 10 seconds. To this add the cooked Ridgegourd and mix well. Adjust the salt if needed. 

  4. Next, add cooked and mashed dal and mix well.&nbsp Then add ground paste and stir well;

  5. Allow the stew to boil for 5 minutes and remove from flame. Add a teaspoon of coconut oil and some tore curry leaves and stir well and now ready to serve

  6. Serve this yummy Peerkangai Kootu (Ridge Gourd Stew) with hot boiled rice and slurp!
  7. Peerkangai Kootu Recipe | Ridge Gourd Stew Recipe
    Peerkangai Kootu Recipe | Ridge Gourd Stew Recipe

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Hi... I tried this recipe as instructed, but the stew tasted bitter.. I have no clue what could be the reason??

Hello Gayu, the bitter taste is due to the variety of peerkangaai. Some peerkanggai tastes bitter. Its nothing related to the procedure. I also landed up bitter taste sometimes, its only with the peerkangaai.

Very nice. Do I need to peel the peerkangai??

Hello Madam, nice dish and I tried this yesterday. Tasted very good but I have a doubt. Since we are using dhal which can cause gastric issues, can we also add some garlic pieces to overcome this stomach related problems. Using pepper and cumin helps in good digestion but stomach uneasyness should also be taken care, right. Please let me know your thoughts Madam.


Will addition of garlic change the taste of the dish as I am more concerned about the gastric issues due to usage of dhal. Please share your thoughts, Madam.


yes we can always make a practice of adding 1 garlic to the dal which will take out the gas. cooking garlic with the dal doesn't have any dominant smell also



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