Our ancestors have been very meticulous with the produce that they grew in their backyards and respected every produce. They didn’t want to waste any part of any plant and found ways to include them in their diet. There are many such dishes in Konkani cuisine that are made using plant parts that are usually not used in normal cooking.
Plantain stem in curries and stir-fries (gabbo in Konkani), plantain peels are turned into delicious chutneys, curries and stir-fries (kele salli upakari and chutney in Konkani). Pomegranate peels are sun dried and are used to make delicious chutneys (some yoghurt based chutneys). Pumpkin creepers are used to make delicious curries. Ash gourd seeds, peel, the inner core is used to make lip smacking chutneys. Watermelon rind is used up to make soft, fluffy, heavenly dosas and chutneys. Colocasia stems are also used in curries, chutneys and in various other preparations (alva panna gento in Konkani). Thick amaranth stems are not thrown away and are used in curries (bhajji in Konkani). And the list is endless.
One such recipe is this ridge gourd peel chutney. Ridge gourd peel chutney is a great way of utilizing the peels, as they are packed with nutrition. Ridge gourd peel chutney goes well with idlis, rice dosas, neer dosa, urad dal dosa. Or savour ridge gourd peel chutney with just curd rice. This chutney makes a simple meal of rice gruel heavenly! The best way to enjoy this chutney is the traditional way, mix it with steaming hot rice topped with a dash of ghee, and relish with some crunchy urad papads. Perfect weekday dinner, when you are too tired or lazy to cook an elaborate meal. So, next time you buy this vegetable, don’t trash the peels, try this delicious chutney.
Gosale means ridge gourd in Konkani and ghire means ridge gourd inner flesh, peel in Konkani.
For seasoning: (optional)
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Prepping the ridge gourd:
Preparing the chutney:
Side Note: You can also add a little buttermilk, curds or water to the chutney and dilute it, to make tambli, to go with rice.
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