Luffa (Ridge Gourd) Shrimp Curry

Luffa (Ridge Gourd) Shrimp Curry
Luffa gourd, or ridge gourd, is a popular ingredient in India and Southeast Asia. This curry combines the tender squash with sweet shrimp and fiery Indian chiles.Thomas Payne

Luffa gourds, also called ridge gourds or Chinese okra, are a popular ingredient in India and Southeast Asia, though in America they’re mostly known for the exfoliating sponges they become once dried and cleaned. Young, fresh luffa gourds, which are similar to a zucchini or summer squash in texture and flavor, can often be found at Asian specialty markets. While this recipe calls for small fresh shrimp, this dish can also be prepared using dried shrimp, which you can get at Asian and Indian grocery stores. For a vegetarian version, swap out the shrimp for diced cooked potatoes.

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