Ridge gourd chutney or Beerakai pachadi is a lush green delicious chutney prepared with ridge gourd, green chillies, garlic, tamarind and other spices. It is a good condiment to idli and dosa and also tastes heavenly with rice and a dollop of ghee.
The chutney can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for about a week.
Before using ridge gourd, check the taste of it by eating a small raw piece as sometimes the ridge gourd can be bitter. if it is bitter, you can use just the peel for the chutney.
Adjust your spice level accordingly with green chillies to suit your taste..
Green chillies can also be replaced with red chillies.
Ensure that the ridge gourd is properly washed before peeling. Run your fingers through the ridges and scrub while washing.