Thursday, May 24, 2012

Turai or Torai, the 'Ridge gourd '

Turai or Torai, the 'Ridge gourd '
Turai or Chinese Okra is a neutral tasting and considered pretty 'boring' by most people. Turai Tarkari is ' Turai ' in Hindi means Ridge gourd or loofah or beerakai. 

Turai Tarkari literally means Ridge gourd.
Torai is a vegetable which one can get easily in India around the year. Turai is one of the fastest cooking vegetables.
The typical Indian summer vegetable is soft-skinned, soft-fleshed and moisture-filled, and perfectly suited for hot climates.
The skin of turai is also used in making fresh spicy chutney.
A thumb rule is that all vegetables that grow on creepers can 

be classified as summer vegetables.
Turai is extremely popular vegetable in the Asian, African and Arabic countries.
Turai originated in the Arabic desserts and later spread to the world. It is a dark green, ridged vegetable having white pulp with white seeds embedded in spongy flesh. All species of ridge gourd/loofah are edible, but they must be consumed before they mature, or else they will be too woody and fibrous to eat.
It is a great source of Vitamin A, C, and minerals.
Like manganese, folate, and potassium.
It is also a good source of carbohydrates, fiber and has a lot of water content.
Turai are a good source of vitamin A, and low in calories.
The gourd family is a vast group of Indian summer vegetables, with regional variations across the country. The most commonly available vegetable is bottle gourd (ghia, doodhi), bitter gourd (karela), ridged gourd (tori), snake gourd (chichinda), ash gourd (petha) and wax gourd (padval, parmal). Another very common vegetable that grows on creepers is pumpkin (kaddu, sitaphal, kumrha); the tender pumpkin. Kundru (Kundroo) or Tindora is
Kundru (Coccinia Indica), yet another humble summer vegetable.
Tinda or baby squash is another common summer vegetable, especially in North India, as also the ladyfinger, okra or bhindi, which is available throughout the warmer months. 

The cucumber is a cooling, juicy summer vegetable that can be had raw.
Making Turai is truly ‘home-cooking. Turai or Chinese Okra AKA or Angled Luffa Gourd is a vegetable that is very low in calories and covers about 20% of RDA of Vitamin C. Why not start eating it today .. .

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