Ridgegourd Dal (Turai Dal/ Beerakai Pappu/ Heerekai Tove)

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Today’s recipe is another dal recipe. Traditionally in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and many other parts of India, a vegetable is combined with a dal to create a Vegetable Dal dish that is typically served with Rice. A South Indian meal is not complete without rice and dal. Comfort food that is healthy and nutrtitious with both the combination of vegetable and dal for protein. Serve this with papad on the side and you have a simple meal to satisfy your foodie soul.

Ingredients for the Dal

Ingredients for the Dal

You will need:

1 Large Ridgegourd – Peel, Wash and cube
1 Large Tomato – Wash and cube
3 cloves garlic
1 Medium sized onion – Chop fine (Save some for seasoning)
1 Cup Toor Dal
5 Green chillies

Method: Combine all of the above in a pressure cooker with enough water to cover it. Add 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp Sambar powder, 1 small piece tamarind. Close and cook for 3 whistles. Allow to cool and all pressure to dissipate. Opne the lid and using a wooden masher or hand blender, coarsely mash the dal mixture. Make sure you dont mash into a paste.
Add salt to taste, add about 1 cup of water and boil in an opne pan for 5 minutes.
For seasoning: Heat a little oil, add mustard seeds, hing and cumin seeds to splutter. Add curry leaves, onions and saute until golden brown. Pour this seasoning over the dal mixture. Garnish with grated (optional) coconut and chopped cilantro. Serve hot with rice.

Comfort Food- Ridgegourd Dal

Comfort Food- Ridgegourd Dal

Happy Cooking šŸ™‚

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