|Janhi aka Ridge Gourd|
1 Medium Ridge Gourd aka Janhi (Odiya), skin removed
1/2 Small Onion, chopped finely
1 Green Chilli, chopped finely
Heavy Cream - 1/4 cup
Preheat oven to 400F.
Bake the peeled and cubed into large pieces Janhi for 20 mins.
Remove from oven and keep it covered.
Dab a paper towel on the Janhi to remove the excess water so that the final dish will be less watery than shown in the pic. I missed this step.
Cut the baked Janhi cube into tiny pieces.
As it cools down, add the Onion, Green Chilli and Heavy cream. Mix them together.
Add Salt as per taste and mix again.
Serve as a side-dish with Rice/Roti - some like it with the Odiya summer food Pakhala as well.
This is Maa's recipe. She makes it often for lunch as a side-dish. I bought Janhi after ages since I don't like peeling it. And I remembered this dish - so of course in the next phone call, I was asking her for the recipe even before anything else. First bite into the dish made me nostalgic - the flavors transported me back to the sunny afternoons of my childhood - alas, those days will never come back! Never.