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Ridge Gourd Shrimp Masala

 Published 2009-Dec-23   Updated 2022-May-11

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Peerkangai Eral Thokku, Turai aur chingri ki sabzi, Ridgegourd Prawns Curry)

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Ridge Gourd Shrimp Masala is a spicy masala (thokku) made with ridge gourd and shrimp. Shrimp along with ridge gourd makes a perfect side dish for rice.

Recipe For Ridge Gourd Shrimp Masala


  • Ridge gourd - 1 (chopped)
  • Shrimp - 1/2 lb (cleaned and deveined)
  • Onion - 2 (chopped)
  • Tomato - 2 (chopped)
  • Green Chilly - 1 (minced)
  • Garlic - 3-4 (minced)
  • Ginger - 1/2 " piece (minced)
  • Chilly Powder - 1 tsp
  • Coriander Powder - 1.5 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Curry Leaves - 1 spring
  • Cilantro - for garnish
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Salt - as needed


  1. Heat oil in a pan and splutter the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves.
  2. Add the finely chopped garlic and ginger and fry for a minute. The flame should be in medium low to prevent the ginger and garlic from getting burnt.
  3. Saute the onions and green chilly till the onions turn golden brown in color.
  4. Add the tomatoes, turmeric powder, coriander powder and chilly powder and cook till the tomatoes gets mashed up.
  5. When oil starts separating from the masala, add the shrimp pieces and fry so that shrimp is coated with the masala.
  6. Add the ridge gourd pieces and required salt. Cover and let it cook for about 5-10 minutes.
  7. The ridge gourd pieces will ooze out lot of water. Cook till most of the water gets dried up and oil starts separating from the masala.
  8. Finally toss finely chopped cilantro and switch off.
  9. Serve this yummy side dish with white rice and curry, variety rice dishes, pulaos or chapatti. You can also use this to make masala dosa.

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Comment by a Niveditha Ramalingam on 23 December 2009 05:42AM
    ridgegourd and are a one daring cook to try these different combinations...i haven't tried the pudding since we both are still recovering from swine flu....not a cool thing to is terrible...the recipe is bookmarked to be tried for healthier times:))
Reply :-
    hey nivi, this is one dish that my maid made for me when i was pregnant... though it sounded like a weird combination, i just fell in love with the dish after she made it... i've been making this from then on...
    sorry to hear that both of you had swine flu.. you'll feel better soon...

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