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Another Yummy Gourd Dish

Turia Ridge Gourd Curry

This time it’s a traditional ridge gourd (turia: pronounced tu-ri-ya) curry. This is a curry made predominantly by Gujarati Indians, however many Indian sub-cultures have their own versions of ridge gourd dishes. Here is the recipe for how my Gujarati family cook turia.

ridge gourd whole- turia

Hmm… pretty ugly to look at, but I can assure you that it’s delicious!

Traditional Gujarati Turia Curry


4 small ridge gourd (turia), peeled and cubed
2 tbsp sunflower oil
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp mustard seeds
¼ tsp asafoetida
3 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp ginger, minced
2 large cloves garlic, crushed
1 green chilli, minced
1 tsp sugar
Salt to taste

ridge gourd- turia

Looking prettier already!


1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan and add the mustard seeds. Wait until they have popped and add the cumin, asafoetida, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, chilli, cumin powder, coriander powder, salt and sugar. Boil on medium for 5 minutes.

2. Add the ridge gourd, stir and either cook until tender or pressure cook for 5 minutes. Try to evaporate as much liquid from it as you can until you are left with quite a thick sauce (the gourd releases natural water whilst cooking so you won’t need to add any at any time).

3. Enjoy with…

fluffy, fragranced basmati

All together now: mmmmmmmmmm!

Tip: Try to pick the thin ridge gourds as these are the ones that are still young and taste sweet. The big, fat ones are fibrous and full of seeds.

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Tuesday 20th of October 2015

[…] week’s Indian meal consisted of Gujarati style urad dal (upper left) and ridge gourd curry (lower left),  pumpkin curry (upper right), and zucchini/courgette (lower right).  I used oil […]


Saturday 10th of October 2009

Oh....I love this special gourd. Miss it cos I can't find it here. We used to fry it with eggs or make soup. Love your way of cooking it.


Thursday 8th of October 2009

Thank you both, hope you enjoy the recipe as much as I do!

bucatar maniac

Thursday 8th of October 2009

It looks realy yummy!

Kathy Gori

Wednesday 7th of October 2009

I used to love cooking these when I lived in LA and could get them. I just found a store about 25 miles away from my house in Sonoma that has them. Looks like a great recipe.

Anjana Banerjee

Monday 24th of October 2016

You can find them in any asian grocery store. Fresh and frozen.