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.
- 2 Ridge gourd
- 1 medium red onion chopped
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 2 green chilli slit
- 1/3 cup semi-skimmed milk
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1 teaspoon urad dal
- 1 teaspoon channa dal
- 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder(optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 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.
- Add in chopped onions, turmeric and sauté until the onions turn truculent.
- Add in chopped ridge gourd pieces and mix well. Cook, it covered with a lid for 4 minutes.
- Add in red chilli powder and mix well.
- Add a splash of water(2-3 tablespoons approx) and mix well.
- 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.
- Once it indicates the cooking is done(displays L00), so a manual pressure release and add milk.
- 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
- Use the same recipe for making on stove top too.
- 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.
- 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.
- When using instant pot saute mode, always toggle between medium and low to avoid burning the bottom due to less usage of oil.
- Replace dairy milk with any plant-based milk for vegans.
- 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