This is one vegetable that has mild sweet taste and which can be paired with Boiled eggs,fresh prawns and even with dried prawns.....these combinations are unique in our coastal region. Among them, one delectable combination is ridge gourd with boiled eggs, these simple combinations make the meal delicious with roties or steamed rice....
2lb.ridge gourd(peeled and chopped), eggs(as required, boiled, shelled, make 3 slits along the sides), 1 large onion(roughly chopped), 1tomato(diced), 1/2tbsp. oil, 1/2tsp. mustard seeds, 1/2tsp. cumin seeds, 2 green chillis( slit length wise), 1/2tsp.red chilli powder(adjust as per taste, but this curry is intended to be mild), 1/4tsp.coriander powder, 4garlic pods(slightly crushed), 2springs curry leaves, 1/4tsp.turmeric, salt to taste.
- Add 1/2tsp. of oil, once it's warm add little turmeric powder, slit eggs, roast them for a min., remove and keep aside( the other crust can be little brown), in the same pan, add the remaining oil, once it's hot enough add mustard seeds, cumin , once they start to splutter add the crushed garlic, curry leaves, green chillis, mix well, fry til curry leaves turn dark green in color, now add the chopped onions and saute till transparent, then add tomato and fry until the tomatoes are pulped up. Add the chopped ridge gourd, mix well and cook for 8-10 mins., on medium heat, now water oozes from ridge gourad , then add salt and cook for another 7mins., on medium heat, then add the roasted eggs, reduce the flame, and simmer for 5 min., and cook until you get the desired consistency(it should be little watery), then turn off heat and serve hot with rotis or steamed white rice.