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Ridge gourd or Turai or Dodaka/Shirali (in Marathi) is a popular vegetable in India and acts as an appetizer. It is a healthy food and contains a good amount of fiber, vitamins B2, C, carotene, niacin, and minerals like calcium, phosphorus, iron, and small quantities of iodine and fluorine. It also contains many phytochemicals, hence used extensively in traditional medicines as diuretic, expectorant, laxative, purgative, hypoglycemic agent, and bitter tonic. Besides, it s used to treat jaundice, insect bites, dysentery, and headaches. Other health benefits include weight loss, blood purification, constipation, immunity booster, wound healing, eye problems, and asthma.