Turai ki Sabji | Ridge Gourd Recipe | Dodka Bhaji

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Ridge gourd recipe with step by step photos. This Turai Recipe is an easy and homely sabji made with ridge gourd (turai), moong dal, some basic spices and coconut. Since all the ingredients in this recipe are plant-based, it is also naturally a vegan dish.

ridge gourd sabzi recipe

About Turai ki Sabji

Not many people are a fan of the veggie ridge gourd (turai). So, here’s a Ridge Gourd Recipe that is going to be a hit for sure shot. This Turai Sabzi, also known as Dodka Bhaji in Marathi is one of the easiest ways to turn this rather humble veggie into something comforting and delicious.

Ridge Gourd is used extensively to make a variety of dishes in different regions across India. Hence, it has various names to it. These are some of the local names of the ridge gourd in India:

  • Turai or torai or tori in North India
  • Dodka or shirali in Maharashtra
  • Turai or turya in Gujarat
  • Gilki in Madhya Pradesh
  • Dhudhul or jhinge in West Bengal; bhul and jika in Assam
  • Peerkangai in Tamil Nadu; peere in Tulu, tuppadahirekayi in Karnataka and also hirekayi or heerekayi in Kannada; peechinga in Kerala.
  • Beerakaya in Telangana and nethi beerakaya in Andhra Pradesh.

This simple Turai Sabji is prepared in a Maharashtrian style. Thus, also commonly known as Dodka Bhaji or shirali chi bhaji.

The preparation is very easy, but results in a brilliantly delicious dish that is too comforting when paired with chapatis, phulkas or a typical varan-bhaat (dal-rice) combination.

We make this turai sabzi with either chana dal or moong dal. In this recipe post, I am sharing the pics with moong dal. But you can also make the recipe with chana dal.

As this Turai Sabzi is a semi-dry preparation, it can also be packed as a lunch in your tiffin boxes. The best way to have it as tiffin food is to pair it with soft chapatis.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Ridge Gourd Recipe

1. Rinse and then soak 2 tablespoons moong dal in hot water for 30 minutes. Or you can soak in water at room temperature for an hour.

moong dal for turai moong dal sabzi recipe

2. Later rinse, peel and chop the ridge gourd (turai or dodka or shirali). Also peel and chop one medium sized onion, 4 to 5 small to medium sized garlic and 1 green chilli.

ridge gourd for turai moong dal sabzi recipe

3. Heat 1.5 tablespoons of peanut oil in a pan. Add 1 medium-sized chopped onions (approx 60 grams). You can also use sunflower oil instead of peanut oil.

onions for turai moong dal sabzi recipe

4. Then add 4 to 5 small to medium sized chopped garlic.

garlic for turai moong dal sabzi recipe

5. Stir and saute on a low to medium flame till the onions become translucent.

making turai moong dal sabzi recipe

6. Add the chopped green chilies, a pinch of turmeric powder and a pinch of asafoetida (hing).

spices for making turai moong dal sabzi recipe

7. Stir and mix well.

making ridge gourd bhaji recipe

8. Now add the chopped ridge gourd.

ridge gourd for making ridge gourd bhaji recipe

9. Stir and mix the ridge gourd with the rest of the ingredients.

ridge gourd to make ridge gourd bhaji recipe

10. Add the moong dal along with the soaked water.

moong dal to make ridge gourd bhaji recipe

11. Also add ⅓ cup more water.

water to make ridge gourd bhaji recipe

12. Season with salt according to taste.

salt to prepare ridge gourd bhaji recipe

13. Mix very well.

preparing ridge gourd bhaji recipe

14. Cover the pan with a lid and simmer on a low heat.

making ridge gourd bhaji recipe

15. Do check at intervals and if the water dries out, you can add more water.

making turai moong dal sabzi recipe

16. Simmer till the moong dal and the ridge gourd are cooked well.

making turai sabzi recipe

17. Once the water has evaporated, then add ¼ cup fresh grated coconut. Mix well. the turai sabzi will have some moisture but will not be watery.

making turai sabzi recipe

18. Switch off the heat and add 2 tablespoons of chopped coriander leaves. Mix again.

making turai sabzi recipe

19. Serve turai ki sabji hot or warm with Indian flatbreads like chapatis or phulkas or plain paratha. It can also be served as a side dish with dal rice combo.

ridge gourd bhaji recipe


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Turai ki Sabji | Ridge Gourd Recipe

Ridge Gourd Recipe is an easy homely recipe of ridge gourd with moong dal.
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Cuisine Maharashtrian
Course Side Dish
Diet Vegan
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 2
Units

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons moong dal
  • ¼ cup water for soaking moong dal
  • 200 to 250 grams ridge gourd, about 2 cups chopped ridge gourd (Turai or Dodka or Shirali or Beerakaya or Tor or Heerekayii)
  • 1.5 tablespoons peanut oil (can also use sunflower oil)
  • 60 grams onion or ⅓ cup chopped onions or 1 medium sized onion – chopped
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • 4 to 5 small to medium sized garlic, chopped
  • 1 pinch turmeric powder
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • ¼ cup fresh grated coconut
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves

Instructions
 

preparation for ridge gourd recipe

  • Rinse and then soak 2 tablespoons moong dal in hot water for 30 minutes. Or you can soak in water at room temperature for an hour.
  • Later rinse, peel and chop the ridge gourd (turai or dodka or shirali).  
  • Also peel and chop one medium sized onion, 4 to 5 medium garlic and 1 green chili.

making ridge gourd sabzi

  • Heat 1.5 tablespoons oil in a pan.
  • Add the chopped onions.
  • Then add the chopped garlic.
  • Stir and saute on a low to medium flame till the onions become translucent.
  • Add the chopped green chilies, a pinch of turmeric powder and a pinch of asafoetida. Mix well.
  • Now add the chopped ridge gourd. Stir and mix the ridge gourd with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Add the moong dal along with the soaked water.
  • Also add 1/3 cup more water.
  • Season with salt. Mix very well.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and simmer on a low flame.
  • Do check at intervals and if the water dries out, you can add more water.
  • Simmer till the moong dal and the ridge gourd are cooked well.
  • Once the water has evaporated, then add 1/4 cup fresh grated coconut. Mix well. The turai sabzi will have some moisture but will not be watery.
  • Switch off the flame and add 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves. Mix again.
  • Serve turai sabzi hot or warm with some chapatis or phulkas.

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Turai ki Sabji | Ridge Gourd Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 225 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Sodium 88mg4%
Potassium 158mg5%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 57IU1%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Vitamin E 2mg13%
Vitamin K 2µg2%
Calcium 45mg5%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 9µg2%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 40mg10%
Phosphorus 56mg6%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This Turai ki Sabji post from the archives first published in August 2016 has been republished and updated on January 2023.

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19 Comments

  1. Is this recipe leaving the moong daal al dented or is it softened like daal consistency

    1. The moong lentils are softened and not al dente. But you can opt to keep the lentils just about cooked if you prefer.

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