Ridge gourd is known as peerkankai in Tamil, beerkaya in Telugu and tori or turai in Hindi. Dal is my comfort food all year round and this dal is no exception. Whenever I buy Ridge gourd, mostly I end up preparing this dal. You can use the skin of this vegetable to prepare peerkangai thol thuvayal/thogayal. Today let us learn how to prepare turai ki dal or ridge gourd dal following this easy recipe.
Wash, peel the skin and chop ridge gourd into medium sized pieces.
Pressure cook tur dal + moong dal till soft and mushy. Check out how to cook dal if required. (Note – you can skip moong dal and use 1/3 cup of tur dal, if preferred). Mash dal well and keep it aside.
Keep all the ingredients needed for seasoning ready. Finely chop garlic, green chilli and ginger.
Cook chopped ridge gourd in less water adding salt and a pinch of turmeric powder till soft.
Add cooked dal, needed water and bring it to boil on medium heat. You can add water to adjust the consistency of the dal as required.
Heat ghee in a pan, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and whole black pepper, when mustard seeds splutters, add urad dal, red chilli and hing.
When dal turns golden brown, add ginger, garlic, green chilli and curry leaves. Saute for a few minutes and pour it over the dal. Check for salt.
Serve piping hot with rice or roti. It tastes awesome with both rice and phulkas or chapati.
Variations (with onion and tomato) – After sauteing ginger, green chilli and garlic, add finely chopped onion (1 small onion). Saute until onion turns light brown. Then add 1 small finely chopped tomato. Saute until tomatoes turn mushy. Then add to the dal.
North Indian Thali (Lunch Menu)
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