Today, its a Beerakaya Tomato Kura, an everyday Andhra style vegetarian curry, simple to make and tasty. Do not omit the jaggery and saunf (aniseed) because they both give this curry a savory yet sweet flavor. Ridge gourd tomato curry goes best with rotis but tastes equally good with rice.
Ridge gourd - 2 to 3, medium size, peeled and chopped into small pieces (use tender ridge gourd)
Tomatoes - 2, finely chopped
Onion - 1, finely chopped
Green chilies - 2, slit length wise
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red chili powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/4 tsp
Methi powder - small pinch (roasted fenugreek powder)
Saunf powder - large pinch, (aniseed)
Jaggery - 1/2 tsp (or sugar)
Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp, finely chopped
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Garlic cloves - 5, lightly crushed
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
Method for making Beerakaya Tomato Kura ~ Ridge gourd Tomato Curry
Heat oil in a cooking vessel, add the mustard seeds and allow to splutter. Add crushed garlic and curry leaves and saute for a few seconds.
Add the chopped onions and green chilies and saute for 4 mts. Add turmeric powder and chopped ridge gourd and cook on low to medium flame for 4 mts.
Place lid and cook for 10 mts. Add red chili powder, coriander powder. saunf powder and roasted methi powder and cook for 2 mts.
Add the chopped tomatoes and cook with out lid for 5 mts. Place lid and cook for 5 mts. Add a small cup of water, salt, jaggery and garam masala powder and place lid.
Cook on medium flame till it reaches curry consistency. Once done, remove onto a serving bowl and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Serve warm with rice or rotis.
Towards the end of the cooking process, you can add a pinch of garam masala as a variation to the above curry recipe.
If you do not have roasted methi powder, you omit it OR add 1/4 tsp of kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves) when sauteing the onions.
By Sailu Published:
Beerakaya Tomato Kura, an Andhra style vegetarian curry that is simple and quick to make. Ridge gourd tomato curry goes well with rice and rotis.
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