Monday, February 27, 2012

Ridge Gourd Peel Chutney And Awards

          The first time, I tasted chutneys using vegetable peels was at my friend's place, she usually makes this thogayal with the chow-chow (chayote) peels and I liked it very much. But for some reason, have never tried to make it at home, this is the first time ever, I made a chutney using the peeled skins of a vegetable. I had made a pachadi using the ridge gourd and suddenly it struck me that I should do a chutney with the peels. I added some peanuts for taste, and voilĂ , it was one yummy thogayal that tasted very delicious with rice and some gingelly oil..

Need To Have
  • Ridge Gourd Peel - from one very long ridge gourd
  • Peanuts - 1 tablespoon
  • Chopped Coriander - 1/2 cup
  • Urad Dal - 1 tablespoon
  • Chana Dal - 1/2 tablespoon
  • Mustard Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Dried Red Chilli - 1
  • Green Chillies - 2
  • Asafoetida - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Tamarind - a small marble size

          Dry roast the peanuts and remove the skin and keep. In a little oil, roast the urad and chana dal, mustard seeds, red chilli and green chillies, remove and keep. Now add a little more oil, add the ridge gourd peels and saute for 10 mins, till the skin gets nicely toasted, finally add the coriander leaves, saute for a couple of more minutes, remove and cool. Grind this with all the roasted dals, peanuts, asafoetida and tamarind. Do not make a very smooth paste and add as very little as possible during grinding. Remove and serve as such.
Sending this to Now Serving for the Big Chutney Chow Down event and
                   to Spicy Treats for the Show Me Your Hits - Healthy Delights.

Please use chillies according to your spice level.
If you want to have this with idlis and dosas, then make it slightly watery and season with some mustard seeds and urad dal and curry leaves.
For my Non-Indian readers, thogayal is a thick and slightly coarse version of a chutney.

          Coming to the awards, I got the Leibster Blog Award one more time, it was so nice of Julie to give me this one. She is one great fellow blogger who has never missed to encourage me with her wonderful comments. Do visit her blog Erivum Puliyum for some lip smacking recipes.

          The next one comes from Maha of Maha's Lovely Home, she has given me the Versatile Blogger award. I am always amazed at her stamina, she blogs almost every day, do check her blog for some great dishes.

The rules for accepting this award are:
1. Add the Versatile Blogger Award.
2. Thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.
3. Share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself.
4. Include this set of rules.
5. Forward this award to 15 fellow bloggers, and inform them with a comment on each of their blogs.

Now, coming to seven random things about me:
1. I am a very straight forward person, it's really very hard for me to be otherwise, when the situation demands so.
2. I love reading books, it started with Enid Blyton, Nancy Drew and went on to John Grisham, Ken Follet, the list goes on.
3. Other than food blogs, I love to read about interior decoration and travelling.
4. I like visiting new places but I hate flying.
5. When I visit water parks and see others enjoying, I come out thinking, I am going to learn swimming soon, but that has never materialized.
6. I am a person of habit, prefer to start my day with my oatmeal (what I eat after that does not matter) and to sleep on my side of the bed.
7. My latest fascination is for cake decoration, I am amazed at what some of my blogger friends can do.

          And now, it's my turn to pass this award to 15 other fellow bloggers:
1. Sangee Vijay of Spicy Treats
2. Julie of Erivum Puliyum
3. Sobha Shyam of Good Food
4. Suchi of Kitchen Karma
5. Anu of Hot Pot Cooking
6. Poonam of Kande Pohe
7. Rasi of Vegetarian Food & Me
8. Vimitha Anand of My Culinary Trial Room
9. Reena Vimesh of Achu's Amma's Kitchen
10. Kalpana Sareesh of Life With Spices
11. Hemalata of Hema's Food
12. Chandarani of Cuisine Delights
13. Princy Vinoth of Spicy Food
14. Rekha Shobhan of Rekha's Recipe
15. Jeyashri of Jeyashri's Kitchen

         All of them are such excellent bloggers, they amaze me with their creativeness and versatility. Thank you guys for all those encouraging comments, which are my boosters to keep going. 

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  1. that is very new chutney to me with peels....really great....

    Congrats on your awardv dear

  2. good way to use peel other than stock. thanks for sharing your idea.

  3. wow nice way to use the peel.. n congrats n thanx for the award..

  4. congrats on the award............great way to use the peel.very innovative..:)

  5. very healthy thuvaiyal n lovely colour..congrats on ur award!!

  6. chutney looks awesome..very healthy and colorful..and thank you so much for these awards..i am so happy today..u made my day..thanks a ton!! :)
    Kande Pohe

  7. even my mom prepares Ridge Gourd peel chutney with slightly different method....this is looking nice and new version..will try soon,,,,

  8. looks yummy n soft n tatsy dear.........


  9. Have heard a lot about this chutney but never tried it...looks very good

  10. Nice chutney with addition of peanuts. Thanks for sharing this award with me and nice to know about you Hema :)

  11. Very creative. Glad to see this indian cuisine that makes use of gourd peels. Also the blend of peanuts in here must give it so much tasty flavor and texture-yum!
    Congrats on the awards!

  12. i have seen so many vegetable peel chutneys in many blogs...would love to try it..this looks so delicious..ofcourse healthy too :)..Thanx a lot for passing on the award :)

    Join the Just "4" Fun event :)

  13. Wonderful chutney very healthy too !!

    Ongoing Event - CC-Dish For Loved Ones

  14. Ridge gourd chutney is very new to me,never tried any peels..Congrats on your awards n Thanx a lot for passing those to me..Feeling very Happy,Hema!
    Erivum Puliyum

  15. This chutney is new to me...congrats on ur award..happy to sharing me

  16. I have never had something from peels.. now i shall try this ..thanks hema for passing me the award :)

  17. Congrats on the award, girl! Well deserved! I've never done chutney with peels, this sounds awesome.

  18. have heard about this chutney but never tried...sounds so yummy too..thanks for this lovely entry to HITS..
    Congrats on your awards n nice knowing you more :) Really a well deserved one n wish u many more...Thanks a ton for remembering me in your list...will sure post it soon!!
    Spicy Treats
    OnGoing Event:Show Me Your HITS~Healthy Delights

  19. Hi...First time on your blog.Chutney looks yummy...Happy to join you...Do visit me at

  20. Yummyyy n will def try this peeel chutney :)

  21. Nice chutney! :) Nice to know about you!

  22. Just looks awesome.......... yum n delicious!

  23. Hi,
    I love this chutney a lot,adding peanuts gives a rich taste!!
    Thanks for dropping by:)Congrats on your awards :))
    Happy to follow u...

  24. i love this chutney i make it with just urad dal :) thanks for the award and congrats on urs :)

  25. Looks delicious! My Indian friends told me that the peel of ridge gourd is delicious in spicy sambal, but I have not tried this before. I think that this would be good with any bread!
    Congratulations on your awards!

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  27. First time visitor here.. Loved this chutney. Even my grandmother use to make similar type of chutney. Happy to follow you!!!

  28. congrats on the award, loved reading bout u. mom makes these peel chutneys all the time too, they are supp to be o nutritious

  29. Very yummy chutney, we too make this one.
    Congrats on ur award and thanks for sharing with me

  30. Love ridge gourd but I have not made any chutneys with its peel. Looks very appetizing.

  31. Congrats on your awards...thanks so much for passing it onto really thrilled...moving onto the chutney looks yummy...and using vegetable peels...what a neat thing to do....!

  32. That chutney looks delicious. I had heard of it but had no idea of how it could be made. Must be delicious with the peanuts and all the seasonings!