Ridge Gourd Masala with Shrimps – Very Ethnic!!!

Ridge Gourd Masala with Shrimps – Very Ethnic!!!

Prawns – Redgegourd Masala:(Country Style)

Iral-Peerkankai Masala. Iral-Peerkankai Thokku. Iral Masala. Prawn Masala.

Nothing fancy today(as tho’ it used to be everyday, huh?), okay okay usual simple food, alright. Well, the picture didnt turn out perfect(I know, as always)but you got to give me some credit for trying this recipe! I made this Iral Masala Thokku during my last vacation (Home-India). It sure makes a lot of difference to use fresh prawns than the frozen ones(and that too cooked!!). Anyhow…coming to ridgegourd, its been ages I have seen this vegetable, so when I was in India, just made use of all the possible native(?)vegetables. And pairing with shrimps is totally upto you,…I can never put any vegetable’ in my mouth unless it looks or smells like fish/meat:( Too bad, spoiled to the core.

Vegetarian’s Option

Just skip the shrimps part, thats all.


Shrimps 1/4 kilo
Ridge gourd 1 large chopped finely
Green chilies 3 chopped
Onion chopped 1 cup
Ginger 1″ grated
Garlic 2 minced
Tomato 1 optional
Turmeric 1/4 spoon
Chili powder 1 spoon
Mustard seeds 1/2 spoon
Cumin seeds 1 spoon
Asafoetida 1 pinch(optional)
Curry leaves few
Sesame oil few spoons.


In a wide wok, heat oil. Add the spices and wait till they pop.

Followed by chilies, ginger, garlic, onion and tomato. Fry real good, add shrimps and fry briefly.

Add the chopped vegetables, salt, turmeric and chili powders. Cover and cook over low-medium heat…till they are done and tender.

Remove from heat and serve to go with your steamed rice or rotis. It can be treated a side dish as well.


26 Responses so far.

  1. Swathi says:


    Nice Ridge gourd recipe . I need to change habit of picking same vegetables( like carrot, beans etc) from the market and pick something like this

  2. Gita says:

    Even I too was like that Malar…there has to the smell of fish or chicken in everything :( these days I started eating more veggies and exploring more cuisines…I too love this combination, I love this rasam…love your click too :)

  3. I always like to add veggie to my shrimps..looks so mouth-watering and with
    peerkankai that’s out of the world girl:)

  4. Rina says:

    amma used to make this in childhood..my dad use to enjoy it..thanks for posting dear..

  5. veggie+shrimp …nice idea dear….delicious recipe

  6. Love shrimp in any form…………..

  7. Tina says:

    Never tried this combination…Looks great dear.

  8. sayantani says:

    we love to eat ridgegourd and mostly add them in posto or mix veg dishes. will try this soon. bookmarked.

  9. unusual combo, i never mixed shrimp with any vegetables while doing a gravy till now…but got to know this recently when i saw it in many blogs…this gravy looks very tempting and delicious…

  10. Rekha shoban says:

    wow!!malar dish looks yummy and really ethnic!!

  11. Priya says:

    Usually i add shrimps to veggies stir fry, just to make my family to eat, this masala looks tempting and yumm..

  12. Happy Cook says:

    I would love to have this with plain rice, just the thought makes me drool. And this is one of my favourite veg and adding shrimps into make it much more yummy.

  13. BeenaShylesh says:

    neaver had this com…..looks grt….

  14. Latha says:

    This combo is very new to me…Looks very tempting…will give it a try for sure :) .

  15. Asha says:

    What a unique combo, looks yum. That reminds me to cook some of my Shrimps too, been in the freezer for a long time! :)

  16. AshKuku says:

    I surely love nenua or jhinga…. & prawns… but both cooked together…. Never heard nor came across…. Totally unique…but since I love both, I’m sure it must be awesomely scrumptious…..!!!!!
    Nice pics too…


  17. Sarah Naveen says:

    i love this combo..Looks so delicious…

  18. Deepti says:

    I always make masala ridge gourd but never thought of mixing it with shrimps…nice combo.

  19. Pavithra says:

    I think I can attempt this without shrimp.. but looks yumm..

  20. shahana says:

    Never tried ridge gourd with shrimp.Thanks for sharing!!

  21. Gulmohar says:

    I’m not a ridgegourd fan, but I wouldn’t mind eating this :D Interesting combo, Malar !

  22. Spice says:

    totally new combo…must be tasty….

  23. makes my mouth water! shrimp any form wud be good… nice mixing it with vegies…

  24. Sashi says:

    Have heard abt this combo at my place Malar.. thanks for the share .. making a note of it ..

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