As I mentioned earlier, due to swelling in my hand and fingers along with pain, I went to a Rheumatology specialist. She suspect I am in beginning stage of Rheumatic Arthritis (RA), even though the first test done by family physician turned out to be negative. She prescribed for another set of blood work. Now I am in high dose of corticosteroids. Pain has comes down a lot, still have it. It is really daunting to hearing about RA. While reading I got a shock treatment already. My hubby still thinks I don’t have it and I hope he is right. I will not lose hope until the results comeback. My RA doctor told me as I am Indian, and use lot of spices, lentils in cooking I don’t need to change diet. Still needs to add extra dose of veggies, spices, beans which boost my immune system and can help to reduce inflammation. After coming back from the Dr. appointment, I made this Peechinga/ Ridge gourd curry for our dinner.
This Ribbed gourd, Ridge gourd, Luffa acutangula, Tori , peechinga is common vegetable used in India. The young fruit is about 2 feet which is dark green in color is used as vegetable, where as the mature ones are used as bath sponge. In ayurveda, this plants helps to reduce vitiated vata dosha(swelling or distention of the abdomen, rumbling sound of the intestines. ), pitta dosha, skin diseases, jaundice, splenomegaly, hemorrhoids, and general weakness. I believe in Ayurveda (natural medicine) as I am from the land where it is still practiced. Now with this pain I am turning more into it as I am afraid of side effect from the medication. I know for an immediate relief I have to stick to medicines prescribed by the doctors.
I like to make the spicy curry with ridge gourd, as the ridge gourd makes the final curry little sweet. I like to add tomato, onion and ginger garlic along with spices. This curry goes well with any bread of your choice. It is easy to make give it a try. Here comes the recipe.