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Saturday, 6 September 2014

Ridge guard / Beerakaya / Heerekai Chana Dal Curry


Ridge guard / Beerakaya / Heerekai Chana Dal Curry is one of the amazing and tasty dish. Ridge gourd acts as an appetizer in many recepies. The soft pulp and skin of ridge gourd both are used in making various recipes, especially in South Indian cuisine. Chutneys made from the pulp and the peel of ridge gourd is known for their health benefits.







Ingredients for Ridge guard / Beerakaya / Heerekai Chana Dal Curry :

½ kg Ridge guard / Beerakaya / Heerekai
½ Cup Channadal
1 no finely Chopped Onion      
2 small finely Chopped Tomatoes
1 string Curry Leaves
2 nos Whole Red Chilli
½ tsp Mustard Seeds
½ tsp Cumin Seeds        
1Pinch Hing
1 tsp Ginger Garlic paste
1Pinch Turmeric
¾ tsp Chilli Pdr
1 tsp Coriander Pdr
3 tbsp Olive Oil
Salt To Taste
Coriander Leaves to garnish

To prepare Ridge guard / Beerakaya / Heerekai Chana Dal Curry :

1. Soak the Chana dal for 1/2hr to 1 hr with enough water.
2. Put oil in the pan and once heated add mustard seeds. when the seeds crackle add cumin seeds and whole red chillies. Add Ginger Garlic paste
and saute for few seconds, then add the onions, curry leaves, hing and turmeric and little salt.
3. When the onions are slightly cooked add Ridge guard / Beerakaya / Heerekai to it and saute till it gets half cooked. Then add channa dal, tomatoes, red chillie powder, coriander powder and required amount of salt and water to it. Cook till vegetables and dals cooked.
5. Ridge guard / Beerakaya / Heerekai Chana Dal Curry is ready to serve. Garnish with Coriander Leaves and serve it hot with rice / chapati.

Health Benefits of Ridge guard / Beerakaya / Heerekai :

1. The ridge gourd is a healthy diet and contains a good amount of fiber, vitamins and minerals including Vitamin B2, Vitamin C, carotene, niacin, calcium, phosphorus, iron and small quantities of iodine and fluorine.
2. Ridge gourd is also an effective home remedy for the prevention of premature greying of hair.
3. Since the ridge gourd is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, it is the ideal diet for those who are looking for weight loss.
4. Ridge gourd has a high water content which makes it a food with very less calories.
5. One cup Ridge gourd juice mixed with 2 spoons of sugar, if taken twice daily cures jaundice.
6. It is having a blood purifying properties.
7. It has beta carotene which is good for eyes.

Health benefits of Channadal :

1. Channadal is great hunger controllers and they are rich in fiber and proteins.
2. Channadal reduce risk of heart disease as they reduce cholesterol.
3. Channadal also have good amount of iron which boost energy and good amount of calcium which is good for bones.
4. We all know that Channadal / basan floor is ideal for skin and hair.

So try this recipe and write back to us…We love to hear from you.


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