Its EXPLORATION MONDAY folks. Ridge gourd it is. So brace yourselves for fun, delicious, possibly you’ve never eaten or heard of before receipes are on the forecast. I’m starting with this, split pea curry with ridge gourd. I’m going to blame some of my recent exploration mood having a bestie here for a week to visit and the Mommie groups that Natalia and I have become apart of. All these experiences are giving me this inward passion to try all sorts of new things and explore like never before.
Do you know what ridge gourd is? Nope. Not me. We’ll not until this recipe that is. And I am now on a vegetable high. A ridge gourd high. A give me more please high.
And ridge gourd, it is really great for you. High in fiber and with all the great vitamins like C, zinc, magnesium and iron. If you want to learn more about this veggie and its health benefits check it out here http://www.healthandbloom.com/9-Health-Benefits-of-RIDGE-GOURD.php . And… you can do so much with it.
I purchased my very own ridge gourd at a new a new farmers market Asian grocery store. If you don’t shop at Asian or Oriental grocery stores, I’m tell you, you are really missing you. Because of this….
1stly – You can find all sorts of delicious veggies like ridge gourd that you possibly didn’t even know existed. Explore a little – why not buy something that you have never tried before.
2ndly – Prices are a steal deal. We went home yesterday with our entire back seat being covered with all sorts of fruits and veggies from the market paying 1/3 of what we would in a “normal” grocery store.
3rdly – And my favorite. You can get lot of smiles with young-ins and people saying howdy and telling you how cute your little one is, which just makes my shopping experience a very happy thing.
This recipe is a great combination of not just ridge gourd but also with split pea. I could go into all the health benefits of split peas, but yeah, enough talking about the healthy benefits today. Lets talk about the deliciousness of this delicious curry. It has amazing flavoring with mustard seeds, cumin, garam masala and curry leaves (if you’d like). Top it on your favorite rice type, wrap it between some hot delicious naan or eat it straight with a spoon (yep, I’m the guilty one here) and your delicious meal is ready.
Satya growing up in India loved this dish- well, not at first in his early early days, but as he grew up and wised up a little bit, split pea curry with ridge gourd became one of his all time favorites. So I’m super pumped to be sharing this amazing dish with you today.
So, if you’re looking for a new recipe and want to try something that will make your taste buds go YAHOO, then go grab your bowl and spoon and lets dig in.
- 1 Ridge Gourde - peeled slightly and chopped into small edible pieces
- 1 cup split chick peas (chana dal)
- 2 tablespoons of ghee (butter)
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds
- ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro for garnishing
- ¼ teaspoon red chili powder (or paprika or cayenne pepper)
- 3 curry leaves (optional)
- In a heavy bottom pan add ghee,once its hot, add the mustard seeds and let them splutter. Once they start spluttering, add the cumin seeds and curry leaves (optional).
- After 1 minute, add the split pea, ridge gourde, chili powder and four cups of water. Mix well.
- Bring to a boil and then turn the temperature down to medium low and cook covered for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes check and ensure that the split peas and the ridge gourd are cooked thoroughly. Cook additionally if needed.
- Once split pea and ridge gourde are cooked thoroughly add garam masala and salt.
- Garnish with cilantro.