Ridge Gourd Coconut Stir Fry (Heerekayi Palya)

I normally try out different vegetables but recently because I have been really busy in shifting my house I haven’t focussed a lot on cooking! I have just been trying quick and easy recipes using vegetables that I can chop up easily 🙂 I thought of sharing some of these easy recipes here for busy days.


Ridge gourd/heerekayi is a super easy vegetable to cook. Peel the sharp edges out and chop into bite sized pieces – with that preparation is done! It cooks down easily in 10 minutes. I use it in dals and curries almost once a week. This recipe is a simple dry curry recipe using basic ingredients. The coconut and roasted dals add a great richness to the vegetable. I also added some capsicum in to vary the taste a little. You can pretty much use the same spice mixture with a whole ton of vegetables for variation. I have tried this with tindora/thodekayi, knolkhol/navilkosu, etc


I have added a step by step video along with the written recipe below! Let me know how you like the new format 🙂

Ridgegourd Coconut Stir Fry (Heerekayi Palya)

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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  1. 2 medium ridge gourds
  2. 1/2 small capsicum
  3. 1 tbsp channa dal
  4. 1 tbsp urad dal
  5. 2 tsp cumin seeds
  6. 4 dried red chillies (or to taste)
  7. 2 tbsp coconut
  8. 1 tsp mustard seeds
  9. 2 tsp oil
  10. salt to taste


  1. Wash and dry the ridge gourd. Peel the sharp edges and chop into bite sized pieces. Chop the capsicum as well.
  2. Take a large pan. Heat 1 tsp oil. Add the dals, cumin seeds and red chillies and roast for a few minutes.
  3. In a mixer, add coconut and the roasted dal mixture. Add some water and blend to get a coarse paste.
  4. In the same pan, add 1 tsp oil. Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds and let it splutter.
  5. Add capsicum and saute well. Add the chopped ridge gourd also to the pan. Add little water and salt. Saute well and let the vegetables cook for about 10 minutes.
  6. Once the ridge gourd becomes soft (not too mushy), add the ground paste and mix well. Simmer for 5 more minutes and serve hot with rice or chapathis.  




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