Beerakaya tokku podi /ridge gourd powder

This is one more authentic recipe from andhra. Again my Mother-in-law's contribution. I'm amazed to see how creatively our former generations used everything effectively brilliantly and and prepared so much tasty dishes with simple ingredients.
We get beerakaya in asian stores under name called chinese okra .  This vegetable is very easily digestible and given to new mothers.

when ever i buy beerakaya(dodka/Ridgegourd) ,i store the peeled skin in a fridge to prepare this podi.


Peeled Ridgegourd /Chinese okra skin-1 cup

Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds-1/2tsp
Chana dal - 1 tsp
urad dal - 1tsp
Peanuts - 1tsp

Garlic cloves-6 nos(cut into small pieces)
Red chillis /green chillies -3 nos
Salt to taste
Oil-2 tbsp


Take the ridgegourd skin in a bowl and wash it with water. Drain it and let it dry.

Transfer this to the mixer/blender and blend it like a coarse powder shown below

heat oil in a skillet and add the seasoning ingredients

when they start spluttering add now add green chillies ,garlic and fry for 1 or 2 mins

Add grated ridgegourd and salt to it mix well.

Fry until the raw smell goes away and its crispy.

Serve with hot rice and ghee.