Ridgegourd peel & Mint leaves Sandwich Spread/Chutney

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Tuesday, September 27, 2016

For the second day, i came up with a savory spread with minimal ingredients i found in my refrigerator. Seriously, i didn't go for grocery shopping this week. i m yet to get fresh vegetables, all i had was 2 ridgegourds,  i was thinking on making ridgegourd chutney or ridgegourd kootu. Then it struck i can make some savory spread for tomorrow's breakfast with the peels, so went ahead and make kootu/dal with the ridgegourd, and reserved the peels for this yumm spread. 
None will believe it is made of peel, just add the right ingredeints together and you have yet another spread for your roti/bread. 
Do not reduce the green chilies here, the spread will turn out bland. If you want a astringent taste to the spread, then add juice of half lemon after blending. I liked it as such and it tasted yumm with the toast along with Garlic mint butter and i also had it with roti's for my breakfast, loved it totally!!

peels from 2 ridgegourds, approximtely 3/4 cup, tightly packed
1/2 cup mint leaves
3 green chilies
3 cloves of garlic
3 tbsp freshly grated coconut 
salt to taste

  • Wash the peel well in running water. Heat a pan with 2 tsp of oil. When it is hot, add garlic andgreen chilies to it, saute for 2-3 seconds.Next add the washed peels and saute until they wilt a bit. Take abotu 8-10 minutes in simmer flame.
  • Take it off the stove, add mint leaves and coconut to this hot pan. Let it cook for 10 minutes.
  • Take all the sauteed ingredients in a mixer jar, add salt and blend well. Add 2 tbsp of water and blend. Do not add too much water. The mixer might get stuck because of the peels. Be patient, open the mixer, use a spoon and mix it well, and blend again. 
  • Transfer the spread to a serving bowl. Serve along with toasted bread or make a Cutney cheese sandwich.

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  1. I make this chutney whenever I buy ridge gourd. And I love it. Yours looks so inviting..

  2. My mom use to make chutney with the peel and have not eaten it in a long time. This spread took me back to yesteryears before my marriage!! Spread looks amazing !! amazing

  3. I have heard of this chutney but have yet to try it . It sounds yum .

  4. I have not added mint to this chutney but I am sure it is flavorful.

  5. I just love the ridgegourd thuvaiyal with curd rice, this spread sounds simply aromatic and fabulous.

  6. This is liking creating treasure from the trash. We make the chutney differently and I never even thought of the ridgegourd peels and mint leaves combo before. The flavors going in the chutney must be amazing.

  7. I can just eat the spread by itself..this is super awesome combo. Will try it out.

  8. Wow!! That's a great idea to use every part of a veggie. My husband and kids don't eat ridge gourd, I can cheat them by making this spread...bookmarked :)

  9. Wow, ridgegourd peel and mint leaves sounds like a great combination. Will have to try this some time soon.

  10. Using ridge gourd in this way is simply fabulous. Great recipe!

  11. amma makes this thuvayal almost every week, addition of mint is a great idea ! we too use the thuvayal as a dip / spread !

  12. I make it with urid dal etc but this looks yummier.

  13. I make this thogayal and addtion of mint must have added to the flavour

  14. I do make curry with ridge gourd peels but never tried making chutney. Looks nice

  15. That surely must have tasted heavenly!..awesome one priya..


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