Heerekai (Ridge Gourd) soup

Ridge Gourd soup

A great recipe from Tarladalal’s recipe book! Never had I thought of this combination which is simply delicious and filling. Made some variations from the original recipe, I havent added heavy cream, wanted to keep it simple and healthy.


Peeled and chopped ridge gourd– 2 cups

Dill leaves- 3/4 cup

milk- 1/4 cup

Salt and pepper to taste


Add ridge gourd, dill leaves and 3/4 cup of water in a pan, cover and cook for 8-10 minutes. Once cooled, blend everything together in a blender to form a smooth purée. Add milk and bring to boil and serve hot with salt and pepper!

heerekai soup

Heerekai soup

Ridge gourd soup

Main Course

Dosekal pathrode

Another recipe taught by my mother-in-law which is a favorite in our house. It’s easy to prepare and delicious too, usually prepared with heerekai (Ridge- gourd) but can also be prepared with baLekai (raw plantain) and badanekai (brinjal or eggplant). “Dosekal” is the griddle, literally meaning “dose stone”, or the stone on which the dose is made. Pathrode is the name of the dish.


Heerekai (Ridge gourd)- cut into ¼ inch circles

Oil- for cooking

For making batter:

Raw rice- 1 cup

Urad dal-1 Tbsp

Channa dal- 1 Tbsp

Fenugreek seeds- ¼ Tsp

Soak all the above ingredients for 4-5 hours

Coconut- ½ cup

Dry red chilies- 8 to 9

Cumin seeds-½ Tsp

Coriander seeds-½ Tsp

Tamarind paste- 2 Tsp

Jaggery- 1 tsp

Salt – to taste

Grind all the ingredients to a fine paste.


Dip the heerekai circles in the batter and arrange them on the griddle with the edges touching each other. Fill the gaps with batter, spread a tsp of oil around the corners and cook on a medium- low flame. Flip to the other side when it turns golden brown or roasted. Cook till it becomes crispy. This can be a side dish or an appetizer. I prefer to have it with anna saaru (rice and dal curry). Left over batter can be kept in the refrigerator up to a week and can also be used for making different varieties of dose, like vegetable dose, onion dose, fenugreek leaves dose etc.