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Ridgegourd Rice | Peerkangai Saadam

Ridgegourd Rice - A mild yet delicious kids friendly lunch box rice recipe with ridgegourd sneaked in & with the delicate flavors of vaangi bath masala.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: South Indian
Servings: 3
Calories: 389kcal
Author: Srividhya G


  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Urad dal
  • 1 tsp Channa dal
  • 2 Red chili
  • 1/4 tsp Hing
  • 10 Curry leaves
  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • 4 cups Ridgegourd chopped
  • 1.5 tsp Vaangi baath powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 3 cups Rice Cooked



  • Wash and peel the ridgegourd and cut them into small pieces.
  • Finely chop the onion.
  • Cook the rice in your preferred way and set aside 3 cups and let it cool.
  • Break the dried red chilies and set aside.


  • In a kadai heat the oil and add once the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds, urad dal, and channa dal.
  • As they start to splutter, add the broken red chilies, hing, and the curry leaves. Let it cook for a minute.
  • At this stage, add the chopped onion and cook until translucent.
  • Then add the chopped ridgegourd, turmeric powder, vaangi baath powder, garam masala, and salt.
  • Mix it well and cover and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Do not add any water as ridgegourd oozes out water. After 4 minutes remove the lid.
  • Let it cook until all the water evaporates and remove it from the heat.
  • Now add the cooked rice and mix well.
  • Finally, add the chopped cilantro and serve hot with raita.


  • You can replace ridgegourd with your favorite vegetable.
  • Instead of oil, you can do the tempering with ghee. But as I pack it for lunch, I go with oil. You can also add a dollop of ghee when you serve.
  • Adjust the salt and spices as per your preference.
  • When you are using water-rich veggies, do not add any water while cooking. If you are using veggies like brinjal or okra, sprinkle some water.


Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1566mg | Potassium: 363mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 412IU | Vitamin C: 128mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 2mg