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Beerakaya Palu Posina Kura

  • Author: Siri
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Andhra style Beerakaya Palu posina kura or Ridge gourd curry is a light curry suitable for weight loss and calorie counting diets due to its low calorific value. The curry is gluten-free and vegan options included.


  1. 2 Ridge gourd
  2. 1 medium red onion chopped
  3. 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  4. 2 green chilli slit
  5. 1/3 cup semi-skimmed milk
  6. 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  7. 1 teaspoon urad dal
  8. 1 teaspoon channa dal
  9. 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder(optional)
  10. 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder


  1. Press the sauté button on instant pot and set the mode to medium(see notes). Once the display shows On, heat a teaspoon of oil and splutter mustard seeds, then add urad dal, channa dal and green chillies and fry for a minute until nice aroma comes.
  2.  Add in chopped onions, turmeric and sauté until the onions turn truculent.
  3.  Add in chopped ridge gourd pieces and mix well. Cook, it covered with a lid for 4 minutes.
  4. Add in red chilli powder and mix well.
  5. Add a splash of water(2-3 tablespoons approx) and mix well.
  6. Close the lid and cancel the sauté mode. Press manual/pressure cook mode and set the timer for 1 minute making sure the pressure valve is in the sealed position.
  7. Once it indicates the cooking is done(displays L00), so a manual pressure release and add milk.
  8. Cancel the pressure cook mode and press sauté and set to medium. Simmer the curry for 5 minutes or more according to your desired consistency.

On Stove Top

  1. Use the same recipe for making on stove top too.
  2. Instead of pressure cooking for 1 minute, try to cook it covered for at least 15-20 minutes on low to medium flame with lid covered.


  1. Choosing tender ridge gourd will yield a better taste for this curry. If the ridge gourd is not tender, it is more suitable for chutney.
  2. When using instant pot saute mode, always toggle between medium and low to avoid burning the bottom due to less usage of oil.
  3. Replace dairy milk with any plant-based milk for vegans.
  4. Try to use less water as ridge gourd contains a lot of water naturally in it.
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Pressure Cook,Stove Top
  • Cuisine: South Indian

Keywords: beerakaya, ridge gourd, curry, low-calorie, weight loss