How to make Turai Baskets -

Deep fried hollowed ridge gourds stuffed with paneer and vegetable mixture, sprinkled with mozzarella cheese and baked

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Turban Tadka.

Main Ingredients : Ridge gourds (turai), Salt (नमक)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Snacks and Starters

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Turai Baskets

Turai Baskets Recipe Card


History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 21-25 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Tangy

Ingredients for Turai Baskets Recipe

  • Ridge gourds (turai) 2 medium

  • Salt to taste

  • Chaat masala to sprinkle

  • Red chilli flakes 1 teaspoon to sprinkle

  • Cornflour 1 cup

  • Butter 2 tablespoons

  • Garlic , chopped 1 tablespoon

  • Ginger , chopped 1 teaspoon

  • Oil 2 teaspoon to deep fry

  • Carrot , finely chopped 1 small

  • Tomatoes , pureed 2 medium

  • Corn kernels , boiled 1/4 cup

  • Green peas , blanched 1/4 cup

  • Green capsicums , cut into 1/2 inch pieces 1 small

  • Dried mixed herbs 1 teaspoon to sprinkle

  • Cottage cheese (paneer) , cut into 1 inch rectangles 100 grams

  • Lemon 1

  • Mozzarella cheese , grated 2 tablespo to sprinkle

  • Red cherry tomatoes to serve

  • Micro greens to serve

  • Edible flowers to serve

  • Red radish , cut into thin strips to serve


Step 1

Peel the ridge gourds completely. Trim the ends. Cut it into half horizontally and scoop out the centre portion to make hollowed cylinders.

Step 2

Place these cylinders in a bowl, add salt, sprinkle chaat masala and red chilli flakes and mix well.

Step 3

Take cornflour in another bowl. Add enough water and make thick slurry.

Step 4

Heat butter in a non-stick pan, add garlic, ginger and sauté for a minute. Add 2 tsps oil, carrot and sauté for 1-2 minutes.

Step 5

Add tomato puree and sauté till oil separates. Add corn kernels, green peas, capsicum, salt, 1 tsp red chilli flakes and 1 tsp mixed herbs and mix well. Add cottage cheese and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Transfer into a bowl.

Step 6

Halve the lemon, squeeze its juice and add to the cooked mixture. Mix well and set aside to cool down.

Step 7

Preheat the oven to 180˚C. Heat sufficient oil in a kadai.

Step 8

Squeeze out extra moisture from ridge gourds. To make ridge gourd baskets, dip them in cornflour slurry, slide into hot oil and deep-fry till golden brown and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 9

Arrange these baskets on a baking tray.

Step 10

Add 2 tbsps mozzarella cheese to the cottage cheese mixture and stuff it into the baskets. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top.

Step 11

Keep the tray in the preheated oven and bake for 3-4 minutes or till cheese melts.

Step 12

Arrange the baked ridge gourd baskets on a serving platter and sprinkle mixed herbs and red chilli flakes on top.

Step 13

Serve hot with red cherry tomatoes, micro greens, edible flowers and red radish.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

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