Oct 202016

Jhinge Narkol is a quick, healthy and refreshingly light side dish prepared with ridge gourd. The snowy white coconut sprinkling nestling amidst the bright green ridge gourd cubes is unspeakably lovely and delicious too! I just crave ridge gourd with coconut in summer – it’s the perfect antidote to the sweltering heat.

Jhinge Narkol Recipe

Jhinge Narkol

Ridge gourd or beerakaya is a low-calorie, high water content vegetable which makes it an ideal choice for weight loss. It’s a rich source of dietary fibre, Vitamin C and minerals. It has a cooling effect on the body and it’s the most popular veggie to incorporate into meals in summer.

Jhinge Narkol Recipe Bengali Style:

Ridge Gourd With Coconut Recipe

Fresh ridge gourd has a lovely light green colour and looks wonderful when cooked. It’s a light dish with minimal spices and easily digestible. Jhinge Narkol is the perfect side dish to relish in summer.

Indian summers can be oppressively hot and eating the right food can help you fight dehydration. Beerakaya Kobbari is a nice simple recipe and it definitely doesn’t get much easier than this. Ridge gourd cooks fast and is done in no time at all.

How to make jhinge narkol torkari:

Ridge gourd for Jhnige recipe

To make Beerakaya Kobbari, wash, peel and cut the ridge gourd into small cubes. If you have fresh and tender ridged gourd, the skin peels easily. Grate the coconut.

cut ridge gourd for beerakaya recipe

Heat 1 tsp of mustard oil in a frying pan. Sizzle kala jeera and a broken red chilli.

Tempering for Beerakaya kobbari recipe

Add the jhinge pieces and sauté for ½ minute.

add ridged gourd pieces for jhinge bengali recipe

Sprinkle turmeric and salt. Mix well.

add spices for turai recipe

Cover and cook the ridge gourd on low-medium heat for about 10 minutes. Fresh ridge gourd will give out a lot of water.

Add jhinge for ridge gourd recipe

Keep stirring in-between till the beerakaya is soft and tender and all the moisture has evaporated..

Cook beerakaya for ridged gourd coconut recipe

Add sugar and freshly grated coconut. 

Add coconut and sugar for beerakaya kura recipe

Gently mix till well incorporated.

Beerakaya Kobbari Kura Recipe

Remove and serve Bengali Jhinge Narkol with rice and dal or chapathi.

Ridge Gourd Coconut Curry Recipe

If you are looking for more gourd recipes, do try out Lau Koraishuti and Lau Chingri.

Ridge Gourd With Coconut Recipe details below:

Jhinge Narkol Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Jhinge Narkel is an incredibly easy ridge gourd side dish and the beautiful contrast of colours is a real delight. You’ll just want to make beerakaya kobbari again and again. Tastes great when served over white rice.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Bengali
Servings: 2
Calories: 46 kcal
Author: Shil
  • Jhinge Ridge gourd – 2
  • Dry red chilli – 1
  • Kala jeera Nigella seeds - ¼ tsp
  • Grated coconut = 2 ½ tbsp.
  • Turmeric – 1/8 tsp
  • Sugar – a pinch
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp
  • Mustard oil – 1 tsp
  1. Wash and peel the ridge gourd. Cut into small pieces.
  2. Heat mustard oil in a wok. Add the Nigella seeds and dry red chilli and allow to splutter.
  3. Add the ridge gourd pieces, salt and turmeric. Sauté for ½ minute.
  4. Cover with a lid and simmer for about 10 minutes on low-medium heat until the jhinge becomes tender, stirring occasionally. No need to add water as the jhinge releases water.
  5. Sprinkle sugar and grated coconut, give a quick stir and remove from heat.
  6. Serve Ridge Gourd With Coconut as a side with plain rice or chapathi.


Jhinge Narkol – Bengali Ridge Gourd With Coconut | Beerakaya Kobbari
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Shil is a freelance writer, professional blogger, foodie, health advocate and travel enthusiast.

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