Beerakaya Paalu Posina Kura – Ridge Gourd Curry

Ridge gourd or Beerakaya is one of my family’s favorite vegetables and is used to prepare a number of dishes like beerakaya pappu, beerakaya menthu kura, beerkaya pachadi, vepudu and ridge gourd is also cooked in combination with prawns and eggs .

Today’s recipe is very simple, quick to make and tasty, where ridge gourd is cooked in milk and is prepared almost on the same lines as vankaya paalu posina kura (brinjal curry). This dish has a slight sweet flavor and goes very well with rotis or steamed white rice.

Ridge Gourd Curry

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  ridge gourd


  •   1 tbsp oil
  •   ½ tsp mustard seeds
  •   5-6 crushed garlic cloves
  •   8-10 curry leaves
  •   1 large onion finely chopped
  •   2-3 green chillis slit length wise
  •   3 ridge gourds peeled and chopped into small pieces
  •   1 tsp red chilli pwd
  •   ¼ tsp turmeric
  •   ¼ tsp coriander pwd
  •   salt to taste
  •   2 cups water
  •   1 small cup milk
  •   chopped coriander leaves for garnish

Method for making Ridge Gourd Curry

Pre-heat oil in a cooking vessel. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add the crushed garlic cloves and curry leaves and stir fry for a few seconds.
Add the chopped onions and green chillis and sauté till the onions turn pink. Add the chopped ridge gourd pieces, combine and cook on medium heat for 5 mts.
Reduce heat and cover with lid and cook further for another 7-8 mts. Add red chilli pwd, turmeric pwd, coriander pwd and salt and combine.
Add the water, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover with lid and cook till all the water evaporates.
Lastly, on medium flame, slowly add the milk to the curry, while stirring continuously for 3-4 mts or till you get the desired curry consistency. Constantly stir otherwise the milk will curdle.
Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve with hot rotis or steamed white rice.


  • anon

    Yum! Beerkaya paaluposina koora is my favourite curry. Infact beerakaya cooked in any method is a sure winner.

    Your absolutely right, Anon, any preparation with beerakaya is a sure winner..:)

  • Priya

    Hi Sailu,

    I love beerakaya, kaani ma daggara dorakadu. Maa Indian store lo konnisarlu pedathadu kaani mudhuru 🙁

    That’s bad, Priya..:(

  • Arjuna

    This is one of my favorite curries made with milk. Looks delicious! Nice pictures!

    One of my favorites too, Arjuna.

  • Vaishali

    That’s an interesting preparation. Your mat below the bowl is beautiful, btw.

    The mat is made of straw which I picked from a local exhibition, Vaishali.

  • neelima

    Sailaja, thank you for the recipie, I got married recently and being in the kitchen first time in my life gave me a kind of heart attack, but I did manage to cook, and when my husband asked me “neelu beerakaya palu posi vandutharu, aa koora cheyyadam vaccha ani” i went blank:). I remember coming to your blog long long ago,and when i checked my bookmarks your link was right there, and the surprise factor is the the post which talks of beerakaya, I felt so excited, and right now busy with the curry preparations:). Thank you so much.
    By the way another fav of mine is soya biryani, I am going to try it tomorrow morning 🙂

    Neelima, now that is a lovely coincidence..:). I just hope your hubby enjoyed the dish.

  • Krithika

    Interesting combo of turiya and milk. Have never had this before. Pic is great as usual.

    Do try it out, Krithika, I am sure you will enjoy it.

  • Archana

    Thank you for this nice and easy recipe. I love ridge gourd and luckily we get fresh ones here in the Asian market.

    Your most welcome, Archana.

  • shynee nair

    ‘meeru ikkada beerakkayallu palu posthu untey akkada krishnaarjuna mulakkayalu palu posinattunnaru!…naakku palu posina kooralante entha ishtamani cheppa lenu…appudappuda chesthuney unnanu kani yetho konni tedalunnattu anpisthu untunthi….ee sari…beerakayalu mee style lo cheisi choosthananti…thanx for sharing…

    Beerakaya, munaga kaaya paalu posina kurallu chaala ruchi ga untaayi. Naaku chaala istam. Eesaari beerakaya paalu posina kura thappakunda try chayandi.

  • Paz

    Another winning recipe!


    Thanks, Paz..:)

  • sangeetha

    I have lately been a lover of Andhra food. I am going to try some of your receipes . lovely site.

  • dyan

    hi thats a marvellous dish,use to taste this back home .But after veiwing in this site i could make it and allow my friends aswell to enjoy. thanks

  • Jayanthi

    Hi Sailu,

    meeru cheppina kaggikaya sweet chaalaa baagundh chaalaa thanks.
    Vinayaka chavithiki chese pindi vantalu (goduma pindi payasam) naaku chaalaa istam. yidhi telangaanaa vaallu chestaaru adhikudaa maaku nerpindharu plzzzzzzzz.

  • Joe

    Hi Sailu,

    I am totally new to your blog. Your website looks awesome. I was going throuhg all the recipes i loved it. Planning to try some of these. Sailu can you please give me a recipe for ridge gourd cooked in combination with prawns and eggs.

    Thanks in advance,


  • Sowmya

    Hi Sailu,
    Ee koora try chesaanu. Baagundi. Ide kaadu, thotakoora+pesarapappu fry inka pappu chaaru koodaa try chesaanu. Anee baagunnaayi. Mee site lo naaku especially nachindi photos…!! Koora try cheddaam anipinche vidhamgaa vunnaayi mee photos…Good job !! And please keep posting new recipes with nice photos as usual…

  • preethi

    This is my one of the fav recipe anyway ur site is cool.

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  • meenu

    hey sailu

    chaala bagundi koora,
    manchi music,manchi colorful website kooda
    chaala thankse neeku…


  • meenu

    hey, i want to add some recipes here which I tried at home, can I do that in your website, let me know pls.

    Meenu, if you have any recipe you tried at home, you can blog about it as a guest post in my site. It would be nice if you take a picture of the recipe you prepared with a write up on the recipe. Any more queries email me at

  • neelima

    hi shailu,

    i love beerakaya….anything with beerakaya in fact…we dont get them here but fortunately last week we saw them in the market n was so excited to see them …now am making beerakaya pachhadi n paalu posina kura at one time…yum…i cant wait to eat that..thanks so much..

  • josh

    hi sailaja…
    nice blog here.. i cud have seen it 30 days back..i was alone trying recipes here.. and ya
    nice recipe.. post some intresting brinjal recipies please..and this same recipe can be made with anapakaya also..and its too good with rotis..
    keep posting

  • Mini

    Kudos Sailaja…..!!!
    I can’t explain how glad I am that those exotic age old recepies which could have been easily taken over by instant and fast food finally found a place on the net and are reaching out to those many food-lovers like me….:-) Needless to say, your site is excellent and the photographs are awesome 🙂 Thanx a bunch, dear…!

  • Manisha

    Sailu, Foodmall and InstaBlogs are at it again:

    Thanks for informing me, Manisha.

  • Sri

    Nice Curry, We have tried this. Excellent taste. Thanks for posting


  • suresh

    Thanks…It turned out to be good…

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  • susmiatha

    hi sailu

    your site is gr8. i visited for the first time and i was amazed. i tried some of your recipes and my family appreciated your paneer recipes and few others. i like to make vegetarian food, becoz my husband is a vegetarian. Really i am very thankful to you.


  • anon

    Hi sailu,

    I hate to tell this but I saw a picture of your recipe (beerkaya palu posina kura) in the website under the section “vegetarian currys”. Not sure if they have done this with your consent.

    Thank you for informing me. They dont have my consent and its seems they have quite a few images from my blog. Appreciate you taking time to inform me.

  • my

    I cook it the same way but I don’t add water! Beerakaya already has lot of water content and doesn’t need more. I think that will just make the curry more mushy!

  • Varsha

    Hi Sailu
    I am an ardent follower of your blog and love to use your recipes for my cooking. Thank you for posting such wonderful recipes!
    Just wanted to draw your attention to this website, where I see the exact same picture as the one above in this beerakaya recipe.
    I am not sure if you are aware or not, but wanted to get your attention –

  • Jayaram

    Thank you for the recipe. When I bought beerakaya in the Indian grocery I started to wonder what am I going to make with it. My wife doesn’t like pappu. Your kura recipe is great, it came out really well.

    Thank you once again.

  • RA

    wow…lovely yet so simple..i’m gonna cook now and will let you know how it came through

  • RA

    wow…lovely yet so simple..i’m gonna cook now and will let you know how it came through

  • Sravi2611

    Came out very well… Gonna try ur other recipes too, thanku 🙂

  • Jyotsna

    Superb Sailu! Just made this for the first time with milk.

  • Divya Reddy

    Aahhhh what can I say…I just made this Koora , had it with soft rotis….delicious…thank u for such a simple but amazingly delicious recipe

  • gsr

    today, I made this curry. But the taste was sweet. Is it because of the more milk?

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      Yes, its because of the milk and ridge gourd is sweet as well.

      • michael

        i dont have dairy, what can i use instead?

        • Sailu | Indian Food

          Use coconut milk