To begin making Beerakaya Tomato Koora Recipe, wash, scrape the outer hard skin of the ridge gourd and cut them into small cubes and keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan on medium flame, add mustard seeds and let it crackle.
Add the asafoetida powder, curry leaves and red chilli and let it splutter.
Now roughly pound the garlic cloves using a pestle and mortar and add it to the pan and saute until the garlic turns golden.
Add the finely chopped onion and saute until it turns translucent.
Add the chopped tomatoes and saute well.
To this add the red chilli, coriander, turmeric, season with salt and saute until the oil separates out.
Now, add the cubed ridge gourds, mix well and let the ridge gourd cook in its own juices for 5 minutes.
Once the ridge gourd is cooked, add the jaggery, fennel seeds and roasted fenugreek seeds powder and mix well.
Let it simmer for another 5 minutes, once the gravy becomes thick switch off the flame.
Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve the Beerakaya Tomato Koora Recipe along with Phulkas or Steamed Rice with Elai Vadam for a light weekday lunch.