On a weekend, we found out that there was an Indian store very close to our place and the veggies are very fresh on Mondays. It has kind of become a routine to buy not-so-fresh standard veggies all winter now. So, the next day we were eager to go take a peek at the fresh veggies spread out there. We couldn't contain our excitement at the variety that the store had to offer. We loaded up all the veggies our near empty refrigerator could accommodate and came home in all smiles. 

Next, came the question of what to pack for lunch the next day. S was excited that he could challenge/surprise me with his very uncommon (read as: new) choice of Ridge Gourd rice. I asked him if he wanted Beerakaya Karam Petti Koora. He said he wanted 'Beerakaya Rice'. So, here I am with this creation of mine with the ever so popular formula of adding Vangibath Powder! Trust me it tasted very good!

On another exciting note, Srivalli has initiated this new Theme Based Blogging Marathon which will run for 7 consecutive days. Each participant chooses a theme and post recipes which satisfy the theme. I have chosen the theme of 'Rice Recipes'. So the next 7 days you will get a virtual treat in the form of variety of Rice recipes.

And don't forget to check our 26 other fellow bloggers who have taken up this Marathon, each of them taking up a particular theme. 

Beerakaya Rice

Ingredients - 

Rice 1 1/2 cups (Brown or Basmati or regular, I used Sona Masoori)
Beerakaya / Turai/ Ridge Gourd Peeled and Chopped 3 cups
Onions Finely Chopped 1/4 - 1/2 cup
Turmeric 1/8 tsp
Green Chillies 2-3 (or as per taste)
Vangibath Powder 1-2 tsp (home made or store bought)
Salt as per taste
Toasted Nuts (Almonds and Walnuts) and Coriander leaves for Garnish
Lemon Juice 1-2 tsp (or as per taste)
Seasoning (Oil 2 tsp, Cloves 3-4, Bay leaf 1, Cinnamon 1 inch piece, Cumin / Jeera 1 tsp, Cardamom 2-3 pods)

Method Of Preparation - 

Cook rice as per preference and set aside. (I used the rice cooker to cook rice).

While the rice is cooking, boil the ridge gourd in a sauce pan or use the microwave to cook them.

In a heated wok/kadai, add 2 tsp of oil and the rest of the seasoning. After the cumin seeds start to brown, add the onions and saute until golden brown. Add the chopped green chillies and mix.
Beerakaya Rice

Add turmeric and the boiled ridge gourd. Let the extra water evaporate. Add Vangibath Powder and salt. 

Once the mixture is near water-free, reduce the heat and add the cooked rice and mix well. 

Adjust the taste and squeeze in some lemon juice. Garnish with the toasted nuts and coriander leaves and serve. (In my case, I packed it for S's lunch).

Sending this to Umm Mymoonah's 'Anyone Can Cook' series.

Preparation Time 30 min
Serves 2-3 Adults
Posted by Harini on Wednesday, February 9, 2011


  1. Shanavi Says:
  2. I love vaangi bath..So good



  3. veena Says:
  4. this dish is new to me. Loved the addition of beerakai.

  5. Unknown Says:
  6. thats a nice combo....color also looks very nice...i never made it before so bookmarking it!


  7. lovely and healthy rice

  8. aipi Says:
  9. I would have never thought of adding ridge gourd in rice..good one !

    US Masala

  10. Usha Says:
  11. Very innovative rice! Never tried beerakaya annam before..

  12. Unknown Says:
  13. a healthy mixture of rice ...too good to have...lovely...thanks for sharing ......one more thing, can u change my name as savitha and not as savithri.it was a typo

  14. this is new recipe to me ...Happy to follow ur blog ..got to know from Blogging marathon...

  15. Ridge gourd rice - Must try

  16. Unknown Says:
  17. I have had peerkangai thogayal often and make it too, but have never tried making a rice of it - Looks very healthy and appealing

  18. Priya Suresh Says:
  19. Ridge gourd rice looks absolutely inviting..

  20. Champa Says:
  21. I make different kinds of rice using Vangibhath powder too. Looks good.

  22. Unknown Says:
  23. This one makes me doorl looks very tempting..

  24. Mina Joshi Says:
  25. I must try this recipe. Very new dish for me. Lovely to get to see the rest of your blog too!

  26. Bhagi Says:
  27. Innovative Harini....love it.

  28. Suma Gandlur Says:
  29. Yep. That vangibhath powder is a life saver. With the variation of veggies, we can create lots of dishes and no two taste the same. Right?
    My husband told me to go with rice dishes and gave me a list that I could post this week. All his favorites, ofcourse. :)
    Looking forward to rice varieties from you.

  30. Siva Says:
  31. Great picture Harini.. looking very tempting to make...

  32. Unknown Says:
  33. good one..new and a must try recipe..

  34. Sound super delicious & love the colour, must try recipe...

  35. notyet100 Says:
  36. rice looks delicious,first time at ur space,..;-)

  37. Jayashree Says:
  38. I have never cooked anything with ridgegourd.....this sounds good.

  39. Very yummy rice. The addition of toasted nuts will surely give a crunchy rice..

  40. Padmajha Says:
  41. This is my favorite :).Great for the lunchbox

  42. Archana Says:
  43. Rice looks yummy. I have never tried rice with ridge gourd. Will try it.

  44. Hi u have a nice blog with good recipes.you can visit my blog and give ur valuable comments.

  45. Never tried ridge-gourd rice!!!! made only chutneys!!! Looks Good!!!!

  46. Pavani Says:
  47. Beerakaya annam--now that's an interesting and unique combination. Looks delicious.

  48. swapna Says:
  49. New to me...love the delicious rice!!

  50. Umm Mymoonah Says:
  51. Very delicious rice, thank you for sending it to Any One Can Cook :)

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