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Ridgegourd chutney (Gosale sasam or Gosale Bharth)

We make a variety of coconut based sasam(a chutney like dish with mustard) or bharth (a chutney like dish with cooked/smoked vegetables). This dish is called as ghosale(ridge gourd) sasam by some and bharth by some. So I thought of mentioning both names. A quick and very delicious dish.

This is usually served with spicy papads. Some people like to eat it as side dish – by dipping the papad in this chutney and eat. Some people eat it as a gravy with rice.

2 cups ridge gourd(gosale) pieces
3 green chillies
1/2 cup coconut
1 tea spn mustard seeds
A pinch asafoetida
1/4 tea spn tamarind

Put a small slit on the green chillies and hold it directly on the gas flame till the skin of it darkens a bit (we normally put it on hot charcoal to smoke it). Putting the slit is very important because when whole chillies are fried (directly on flame or any other way), they pop up and can cause serious burns.
Heat oil and add mustard seeds, asafoetida. When they start popping, add ridge gourd pieces, 1/4 cup water, cover the lid and cook till the pieces are done. Cool to room temperature.
Grind coconut, green chillies, tamarind and salt to a smooth paste, if required, add water used to cook the ridge gourd. At the end, add the cooked ridge gourd pieces and grind again for 2-3 rounds. Do not let the pieces become a complete paste.
Serve with papad and rice.

Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 20mins.

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  • smitha February 22, 2009, 8:52 pm

    Looks yum.
    Very close to what we call Herekai Chutney in Kannada!

  • Smitha Mascarenhas February 23, 2009, 12:19 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    The recipe seems to be yummy. It is almost like the Beetroot Sasam you posted previously (except the smoking green chillies part). I tried Beetroot Sasam few days ago and my family loved it. Will try this one too.

    Kindly let me know if we can smoke green chillies over flame in Beetroot Sasam too? Kindly post more sasam recipes as it goes excellent with red rice & Chapathis…

    Shilpa: We haven’t tried smoking chillies for beetroot as beetroot already has a strong flavor. There are couple of other sasams on this site. Please look under side dishes or search sasam in searchbox.

  • swethaskitchen.com February 23, 2009, 11:05 am

    soon after seeing picture ,i thought it is coconut chutney.after seeing papad i got a dout weather it goes with rice or papad,finally after going through entire recipe i came to know that it goes with rice and papad.recipe is mouth watering.

  • Maya February 23, 2009, 11:41 am

    Ya, we call this sasam in my family. Simple and so tasty. Its nice you mentioned abt the slit part of the chillies Auntie, I have the experience of that chilli exploding on my face during my college time :D..

  • Gauri February 23, 2009, 12:37 pm

    Nice. My mum makes ghosale-sheere chutney. Its wonderful with warm chapatis or dosas.

    Shilpa: That is slightly different, check the recipe here.

  • Gauri February 23, 2009, 12:39 pm

    I wonder if both r the same? but what my mum makes is slightly more greener.

  • jayanthi February 23, 2009, 1:16 pm

    This is a yummy dish. i remember my mom makes it. She also makes thuvaiyal (paste like chutney) using ridge gourd peel. For this add a little oil in the pan and add about 1tsp of urad dhal,1 or 2 red chillies. When urad dhal turns to golden color add the rige gourd peel(broken into small pieces) and cook for few minutes. Add 2 tsps of coconut, 1/4 tsp tamarind and salt to taste. Grind to a paste (not very fine). If needed sprinkle little water and grind. You can serve this with idlis and rice.

  • Aruna February 24, 2009, 1:21 pm

    I never tried this one. Thanks for the idea of roasting the chillies. The picture looks so mouthwatering. Cant wait to try it.

  • Arun Shanbhag February 26, 2009, 8:11 pm

    Mai: My sister in law here in Boston is also a big fan of your recipes. She just made this yesterday and invited me for dinner!
    It came out fantastic! She gave me left overs too, which I plan on eating tonight with chapattis!

    May you continue to inspire her! and may she continue to invite me for dinner! Amen!

  • Aruna March 2, 2009, 12:56 am

    Varadpachi i made it today, and had a satisfying lunch after ages. So simple and tasty. Goshale tops the list of vegetable my hubby hastes. He too ate with hot rice and did not even touch dalitoy which was also made. I must thank you a lot for reminding of this dish, which i have tasted before (don’t recollect which relatives place) but never prepared.

  • nirupama March 3, 2009, 1:42 am

    I made this for Idly today morning. It was delicious. My hus loved it very much. What a novel way to have this Iron rich gourd. Thanks a lot. I request you to post some more ridge gourd recipes

  • Vidya Shenoy March 4, 2009, 12:24 pm

    My mother in law makes this dish and it is a very tasty side dish and to enhance the taste, you can add finely chopped onions to it along with the cooked ridge gourd pieces. Do not let the pieces become a complete paste.

  • K July 19, 2009, 1:28 pm

    Love your blog. I am probably one of very few guys who actively looks up recipes and cooks them. Your recipes are certainly among my favorites. Will try this out today :-)

  • Megha November 24, 2009, 8:59 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    Kasane go..itle baree recipes kanchana melta go tukka..i should say you are a Legend..I tried this recipe last night and it was mind blowing.My 2 year old son and my hubby were almost licking their fingers …Thanks a lot..Keep up the good work.

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