Beerakaya aka ridge gourd is a favorite vegetable of mine. Most often I make a milk based ridge gourd dish, Beerakaya Paalu Posina Kura, which makes for a delectable side with both rice and rotis or beerakaya kootu or ridge gourd pachadi.
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.