Beerakaya Pottu Pachadi/Ridge gourd Skin Chutney

imageBeerakaya pottu pachadi

When it comes to vegetables nothing goes waste. Every part of the vegetable can turn into a beautiful and yummy dish. One such dish is ridge gourd skin chutney/Beerakaya pottu pachadi. This is a traditional Andhra chutney which is served as an accompaniment to hot steamed rice along with other delicacies. The chutney is prepared with ridge gourd skin and  ridge gourd too. This is very healthy recipe with full of fibre content. The chutney is one of the best methods to include the skin of ridge gourd. Here I present Beerakaya pottu pachadi which is served as an accompaniment to hot steamed rice topped with a dollop of ghee. Njoy Cooking, Serving n Savoring!

Author: Akshayakumbham
Course: Chutneys
Cuisine: Andhra
Servings: 6-8


Ridge gourd: 2 nos. (Medium size)

Red chillies: 10 nos.

Green chillies: 3 nos.

Black gram/urad dal: 1 teaspoon

Coriander seeds: 1 teaspoon

Cumin seeds: Half teaspoon

Fenugreek seeds: 10 nos..

Whole black peppercorns: 7/8 nos.

Salt: As required

Oil: 1 teaspoon


Split black gram with husk: 1 teaspoon

Mustard: 1 teaspoon

Cumin: 1 teaspoon

Oil: 1 tbsp

Asafoetida: A pinch

Method of preparation:

1. Take two ridge gourds, rinse them well with water.image

2. Peel the skin of them. Also chop the ridge gourds into small pieces. Keep aside.image

3. Heat kadai pour one teaspoon of oil. Now put Urad dal, coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds, cumin and few black peppercorns.image

4. Fry them on low flame till they change into light brown colour. Now add red chillies and green chillies into the kadai. Slightly slit the green chillies before adding them. Otherwise green chillies pop up.image

5. Transfer them onto a plate.image

6. Now in the same kadai, put the ridge gourd pieces and skin.image

7. Fry them on low flame stirring at regular intervals.image

8. Switch off the flame when they become soft and allow to cool down.image

9. Meanwhile soak lemon sized tamarind.image

10. Now take a mixer grinder put the red and green chillies mixture. Add required amount of salt.image

11. Grind the mixture into a smooth and fine texture.image

12. Now add soaked tamarind and grind once again.image

13. Now add sautéed rigde gourd and skin. Grind to get a coarse texture. Add tamarind water for grinding.imageimage

14. Mix thoroughly with a spoon and transfer the chutney into a serving bowl.image

15. Heat kadai, pour oil for tempering.image

16. Put split black gram with husk, mustard seeds and cumin seeds.image

17. When mustard seeds splutter add a pinch of hing into it and switch off the stove.image

18. Pour the tempering onto this chutney. Mix thoroughly.image

19. Now the beerakaya pottu pachadi is ready to serve.image

20. Serve the beerakaya pottu pachadi with hot steamed rice,  Thotakura Allam Karam(Amaranth Leaves ginger curry)and sambar.image


I’ve prepared the chutney with ridge gourd skin along with ridge gourd, instead of that you can make chutney with ridge gourd skin alone. Both the recipes are very tasty.