Lately, I have a new obsession of knowing one’s cooking specialties if that person happens to be close enough like this awesome lady Poornima. She is lovely and humorous with her endless punching dialogues. The most important fact that bonds we both is she shares her native place with me. Last weekend I happened to visit her place to witness some memorable moments with the family. That is when this gem of recipe ridge gourd chutney without coconut has been planted in my mind.
This food blog inspired obsession of mine ended up asking Poornima about her unique food that she cooks with passion and love. She narrated this simple rice side dish recipe that eventually got prepared in my kitchen the very next day. Each and every one in my family licked clean the ridge gourd chutney with rice and I forward all appreciation to the recipe source. Thank you.
Ridge gourd chutney with coconut is a very very common rice side dish that most of us known to. But without coconut, this one is really unique. I haven’t heard it before. Once known, it’s pretty much simpler. The thin slices of ridge gourd are roasted in oil with chillies, tamarind and salt. Without any water, the veggie turns very soft which is then ground and sauteed in seasoning.
While we’ve been eating this ridge gourd chutney pairing with hot steaming rice and feeling the good feelings, my little son declared it as his new favorite. And I got a new reason to make it happen often.