Peerkangai Kootu Recipe - Ridge Gourd Kootu - Chinese Okra recipe

Peerkangai Kootu Recipe - Ridge Gourd Kootu - Chinese Okra recipe:

I was ignoring Ridge gourd until I came to know about the health benefits of it. Ridge gourd is called as Peerkangai in Tamil and Torai in Hindi. It is also called as beerakai, dodka, turai and so on in different languages. It is even referred as Chinese Okra and Sponge gourd. First let us know the health benefits of Ridge gourd before going to the recipe. It will make us to buy it when we see next time. Then let us see the recipe of ridge gourd which will be very tasty with moong dal and coconut.

Peerkangai Kootu Recipe - Ridge Gourd Kootu - Chinese Okra recipe:

Health Benefits of Peerkangai/Ridge gourd/Chines Okra:

  1. Low in saturated fat and calories
  2. Abundant with Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Dietary Fiber, Zinc, Iron, Thiamin and Magnesium
  3. Cleanses your blood 
  4. Reduces the side effects of alcohol intoxication
  5. Boosts the liver health
  6. Helps to cure piles disease
  7. Effective in curing constipation problems
  8. Seeds and dry crust of the Ridge gourd helps to cure Jaundice
  9. Helps in controlling diabetes
  10. Helps to lose weight
  11. Fortify the immune system
  12. Anti-inflammatory and Anti-biotic


Peerkangai Kootu Recipe - Ridge Gourd Kootu - Chinese Okra recipe:

Peerkangai Kootu Recipe

Prep Time: 10 mins    |  Cook time: 30 Mins    |  Serves: 2
Recipe Category : Side dish | Recipe Cuisine : Tamil
Ridge gourd recipes - Peerkangai Kootu Recipe


  • Ridge gourd/Peerkangai - 1
  • Moong dal - 50g
  • Red Chilli powder - 2 tsp
  • Salt- As required
  • Turmeric powder - 2 pinches
  • Coriander Leaves - 1 tsp
To Grind:
  • Grated Coconut - 1.5 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds/Jeera - 1/2 tsp
To Temper:
  • Oil - 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry Leaves - Few
  • Hing - A pinch


1. Pressure cook moong dal with a pinch of  turmeric powder for 5 - 6 whistles.

2. Clean and peel off the skin of ridge gourd.

3. Cut the ridge gourd into small pieces. We are not going to pressure cook ridge gourd since it is so soft, get cooked easily and will mash up if we cook in pressure cook.

4. Heat oil in a pan and  add mustard seeds. Allow the mustard seeds to splutter. Then add urad dal, curry leaves and hing and stir for few seconds till the urad dal slightly gets change in color.

5. Add the ridge gourd and add little water to get the ridge gourd cooked. Add a pinch of turmeric powder and cook till the ridge gourd is cooked. Add water if required.

6. Meanwhile grind grated coconut and cumin seeds in a mixer with little water.

7. Add cooked moong dal, ground cocount, red chilli powder and salt to the ridge gourd and mix well. Add required water. Allow it to cook till the raw smell of coconut goes off and coconut, moong dal and ridge gourd mix well.

8. Switch off the stove and garnish with coriander leaves.

Peerkangai kootu is ready to serve.

My notes:

1. If you add 1 tsp of Kasthuri Methi and 1 tsp of Garam Masala, it will be a delicious side dish for roti/chapathis.

2. You can also replace moong dal with toor dal to get a sweet taste.

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  1. looks yummy...mmmm

    my recent one :