How to make Ridge Gourd Ambat -

Turai cooked with pigeon peas and a flavourful coconut masala.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Ridge gourd (turai) (तुरई), Fresh coconut (ताज़ा नारियल)

Cuisine : Karnataka

Course : Dals and Kadhis

Ridge Gourd Ambat

Ridge Gourd Ambat Recipe Card


Karnataka cuisine comprises of many vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes that are full of flavour and taste. It is one of the oldest surviving cuisines and its origins can be traced back to the Iron Age. 
The varieties in Karnataka cuisine have influenced the neighbouring states like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Maharashtra. The cuisine also reflects influences from these four neighbouring states on its food habits. 
Being a coastal state, coconut is grown in abundance. Needless to say coconut in its various forms like oil, milk, fresh and dried coconut is put to excellent use in its cuisine.

Prep Time : 41-50 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Ridge Gourd Ambat Recipe

  • Ridge gourd (turai) peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces 500 grams

  • Fresh coconut scraped 1/2 cup

  • Dried red chillies 3-4

  • Split pigeon peas (toovar dal) soaked and pressure cooked with ¼ teaspoon turmeri 1/2 cup

  • Salt to taste

  • Kokum petals 4-5

  • Tirphal soaked 10-12

  • Coconut oil 1 tablespoon


Step 1

Grind coconut and the dried chillies to a fine paste with sufficient water.

Step 2

Heat a nonstick pan. Add the gourd, cooked dal. Add halfcup water, cover and cook till the ridge gourd is tender.

Step 3

Add salt and add the ground mixture and mix well. Cook for two to three minutes.

Step 4

Add tirphal to the gravy. Add the kokum petals and mix well.

Step 5

Drizzle coconut oil and mix well. Lower the heat and cook for two minutes.

Step 6

Serve hot.

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