Beerakaya Thokku Pachadi ~ Rigde gourd skin Chutney

Ridge gourd is one vegetable that I find regularly at my neighbourhood rythu bazaar (farmer’s market). Always buy 1/2 kg on almost every visit since our family relishes it. The peel which is high in fibre is edible and need not be thrown away. Use it to prepare a tangy spiced chutney.

Beerakaya Thokku Pachadi

The texture is slightly coarse and the flavor is something beyond your imagination. Healthy high fibre food at its best. Those first timers tasting this pachadi are sure to be won over and will regret throwing away the peels every time they cooked a ridge gourd dish. Their reaction would be “Wow! A turai peel can yield so much flavor?!” Seriously! Dollop of ghee, rice and beerakaya thokku (peel/skin) pachadi and you are on the road to heaven.

You can look forward to another ridge gourd peel chutney recipe that calls for garlic, in future posts.

Beerakaya Thokku Pachadi Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 20 mts

Serves 4-5 persons

Cuisine: Andhra



skin of 2 large ridge gourds, wash and peel the skin (prepare another dish with the peeled ridge gourd)

2 green chillis

1-2 dry red chillis, tear and de-seed

1 tbsp split gram dal/minappa pappu

1 tsp cumin seeds

very small lemon sized tamarind

2 tsps oil

For seasoning/poppu/tadka:

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1-2 dry red chillis

big pinch asafoetida/inguva/hing

few fresh curry leaves

1/2 tsp oil

1 Heat a tsp of oil in a cooking vessel, add split gram dal, cumin seeds and red chillis and stir fry for a few seconds till the dal turns red. Remove and keep aside.
2 In the same vessel, add another tsp of oil and add the green chillis and saute for a mt. Add the ridge gourd peels (chop them into small pieces) and fry on medium heat for 4-5 mts. Add the tamarind to it and leave aside to cool.
3 Once cool, grind the dal-cumin-red chillis first till coarsely ground, add the rest of the sauteed ingredients along with tamarind and salt and grind to a slightly coarse paste.
4 Heat half a tsp of oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and let them pop, add curry leaves and dry red chillis followed by asafoetida and stir fry for a few seconds.
5 Pour the seasoning over the ground pachadi and serve with hot rice.

Ridge gourd peel chutney

Beerakaya Thokku Pachadi ~ Rigde gourd skin Chutney

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  ridge gourd


Ridge gourd is one vegetable that I find regularly at my neighbourhood rythu bazaar (farmer's market). Always buy 1/2 kg on almost every visit since our family relishes it. The peel which is high in fibre is edible and need not be thrown away. Use it to prepare a tangy spiced chutney.
  • Priya

    Nice pachadi Sailu garu….I’m newly wed and i always read your recipes and try out for my hubby…he likes them a lot. I used to add peanuts and garlic before and from now I will try your version too.
    I really appreciate your great work and for making everyone cook simple yet delicious recipes.

    Thank you

  • Gauri

    nice recipe! in Pune, I had a very dry chutney made from ridge gourd skin at the place where I had my tiffin.. as far as i remember, it was fried along with powdered coconut, red chillies, cumin and hing and could be stored for a very long time..

  • Suchitra

    Yummy… reminds of my childhood … tastes amazing with rice and ghee and goes well with dosas as well… I make it similarly with bottle gourd peel too!!

  • Cilantro

    Love the Pachadi, Looks great. I have had them at my friends place.

  • Supriya

    This is one of our fav in my home. Isn’t it a great way to use the skin of ridge gourd which is very nutritious? Appreciate sharing the recipe.

  • Sayantani

    Very innovative use of ridge gourd peels Sailu. I always throw them away. sounds easy and a must try.

  • Rathnam

    Hi Sailu garu,

    Nice one. My recipe is also same and I also add a tsp of coriander seeds and little garlic.

  • Sudha

    I love this Pacchidi Sailu garu….have to prepare

  • Silpa

    Hi sailu garu, Nice presentation.
    I just love your pictures.
    I too make chutneys with skin of veggies. Mine is little bit different from yours.

  • pr117

    Hi Sailugaru,
    Yummy. This is my favorite.This will also taste nice with groundnuts/sesame seeds(nuvvupappu). First fry nuvvupappu and rest I prepare same way as yours. Thanks

  • rani

    hi sailu gaaru……beerakaaya potttu tho pachadi….vintene interesting gaa anipisthundi.alaa pachadi chestaarani telsu kaani….eppudu try cheyaledu.try cheyaalani anipinchaledu kuda..bcos….naaku beerakaaya kura asalu istam undadu.but meeru cheppe vidhaanam n recipe present chese vidhanam choostunte …evaraina oka saari try cheyalani anukuntaaru.nenu kuda try chestaanu.thanks once again ….nannu chaala inspire chestunnaru cooking lo.

  • arundati

    hi sailu, i like chutney’s made of beerakaya tholu too… in fact i’ve posted one as well on my blog… makes a nice change from the usual coconut based one, great with dosas and rice too!! total win win if you ask me!!

  • archana

    hi shailu..
    i was waiting for this recipe. am eager to try it. thanks a lot..
    my husband loves it when my mother in law cooks with peanuts..
    now hope i will get compliments too with ur recipe…….

  • Malathy

    Hi Sailaja,

    Beerakaya is the peerkankai in Tamil, I guess. I’ve tried making kootu as well as chutney with it. It’s a little tricky vegetable, since one time the veggie tasted bitter that I noticed it only after cooking everthing!!

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    • Suman Pannu

      You need to taste the beerakaya while cutting it. The preparation tastes bitter even if a single beerakaya in the lot is bitter. So, it’s advisable to taste each beerakaya before cooking.

      Hope this will clear your doubts about beerakaya.

      Happy cooking…. :0)

      Suman Pannu

  • Teja

    Hi Sailu,

    One Question … Do we need to get the Tamrind Extract and put in Step 2 or just the Tamarind is enough?

    Two other alternatives to this recipe would be to add 2 Tbsps of “Sesame Seeds” (Nuvvulu) or Few Ground Nuts at Step 1.

    Love your Recipes..

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      Small lemon sized tamarind is enough. No need of extract.

  • Viji

    Pachadi looks great. I make it the same way except that i add garlic to it.
    A great to consume some fiber, especially a tasty one so why not?

  • Madhuri

    Looks Yummy Yummy! I am going try it for sure this coming weekend!

  • swathi

    sailu garu i am very un happy with your blog. Because so many recipe i tried from your. Blog i am un happy with the result. i tried your chuteys,cabbage rasum,aloo bindi stir ,egg plant stir, my husband was very unhappy to eat. when ever i cook some dish from your blog he shouts at me. i have a doubt how come you have 4560 readers i think nobody know to cook or they don’t know what is taste. I THINK ALL ARE 1ST TIME COOKERS IN THE KITCHEN .A expert cook will not agree with your cooking.

    • S9rao9

      Your husband must be a REAL JERK swathi! He doesn’t appreciate your trying, and yells at you? I know you don’t like free advices, but so you don’t miss out on a nice advice: Ask him to go cook for himself if he cannot appreciate your trying.

    • Minnie

      I like all of her recipes it’s been appreciated by my parents husband and relatives too.. Sad for you.. May be u r not following it.. I would suggest you to just refer a different blog instead of talking about us.. Good and healthy for you.. When we see a rotten tomato in a bunch of fresh tomatoes we throw it out!

    • swetha

      Swathi, Google for cooking classes in your city or seek some relationship advice.. This blog is awesome.. U don’t haven’t be unhappy for this blog.I sense that u r basically an unhappy person.. See a doctor..

    • jeni

      Why don’t you just vanish swathi if u don’t like something.. No one forced you to read it in half try a quarter of it and mess up your life.. Some serious issue with you and your attitude.. I pity you kiddo..

  • shreya

    Hello Swathi

    Sad you did not like sailus food. I am an expert cook not like the one you mentioned 1st TIME COOKERS IN THE KITCHEN. I have tried all sailus dishes, each and every one was appreciated not only by my family, but friends and neighbors. Even kids like her food. You can check other popular blogs if you like, but to me is the best. And don’t post such silly comments here. If she wants she can just delete your comment, but i think she would not do that.


  • Asha Benarjee

    Madam Swathi,

    Instead of wasting everyone’s time by your comments, will you pls improve ur cooking.

    If you really think u know cooking pls start a blog of your own and show us atleast half the visitors sailu has.

  • Avisha

    That is a nice way to use the peel. It would have never come to my mind. I am glad I got to read the recipe and will keep in mind to prepare this chutney.

  • swathi

    Dear shreya madam i dint ask you to leave your opinion .To leave my comment there no need to take your permission .You do your work don’t pork your sharp nose in my is between me and this blog.

    dear asha benarjee when i open my blog first thing i let you know about it .i am not wasting your time you are wasting my time.See when i try some thing it is my duty to leave my comment.there is nothing wrong i have explained my experience while cooking sailu’s dish.

  • rani

    dear swathi…u have full right to leave ur comment.and yes, u have explained ur experience…and shared ur feelings. u dont have right to judge that no expert will agree with sailu’s cooking. yes u read correctly. judges have already agreed and appreciated sailu for her work, for proof ….u can check this link…….

    dear swathi….nobody is perfect in any field. everybody has to try n try till they succeed. even in cooking too…all will do mistakes. even i had problems while trying new dishes. we have to master the recipe trying by ourselves. its all in our hands. one small cooking tip for u ……please add ur love n affection towards ur family members along with all ingredients in the recipe which u try then u see …u will get appreciation for what u did.

    And last but not least one thing, i want to tell u swathi is that …please …please try to encourage fellow women for their work and think a while before using words that can hurt others feelings. u can always express ur feelings n ask ur doubts n sailu is always ready to help. bye swathi….take care.

  • J

    Hi Sailu garu,

    I follow your blog quite regularly and I keep telling my friends that your recipes are simple and always fail-proof. I never went wrong with your recipes and I always managed to wow my family/friends. I always make chutney with the peel of beerakaya and it’s my favorite. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I use coriander leaves too in this recipe – I fry them with the peel and grind it along. I thought you might like to know since you like trying different recipes.

    Thank you again for making cooking fun and simple and gratifying!!!


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  • manadhii

    hi this is Manadhii..
    i was waiting for this recipe. am eager to try it. thanks a lot..
    my mother cooks with peanuts..
    now hope i will get compliments with ur recipe…….

  • Snramanath

    nenu koncham menthyalu vepi add chesthanu. manchi flavour alage taste untundi. andariki chutney chaala istam.

  • danny

    Dear Swathi,
    There seems to be either a problem in your married life or your husband is basically a person who doesnt appreciate anything in life. In corporate language he seriously lacks appreciation skills in life. Or you lack appreciation skills or cooking is not your cup of tea. You should try something else to make your husband happy.

    We all would really appreciate if you avoid writing anything negative about this site or the receipes in this site.

    The recipies are well tried, tested and appreciated by all of us and insulting any ones efforts only reflects your attitude and character towards others.

    Trust you will understand and avoid any such nonsense in the future.

  • Praveena

    I tried this recipie today.. it was absolutely awesome!! Thanks sailu for posting such wonderful recipies

  • Himaja

    Hi…been following ur blog from quite a long time..
    Prepared this tasted yummy..
    It was a simple and quick recipe..