Ingredients :

Yellow Lentil ( Toor dal ) : 1 cup
Ridge gourd pieces : 2 cups
Tamarind : small lime size ball
Mustard seeds : 1/2 tsp
Urad dal : 1/2 tsp
Chana dal : 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder : 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder : 1/2 to 1 tsp
Dry red chilli : 1
Oil : 2 tsp
Few curry leaves
A pinch of hing
Salt to taste

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How to make Ridge Gourd Dal

. Wash, peel and chop the ridge gourd into medium size pieces and set aside.
. Wash the yellow lentil with plenty of water.
. Put the yellow lentil, ridge gourd pieces, tamarind and 2 1/2 cups of water in a pressure cooker and cook till 3 or 4 whistles.
. Switch off the flame and wait until the pressure go off.
. Remove the dal mixture from the cooker and add the salt, turmeric and red chilli powder. Mix well and cook on a low flame for few minutes.
. Heat oil in a pan for seasoning and add the mustard seeds, chana dal and urad dal and let them splutter.
. When they start to splutter add the hing, red chilli and curry leaves and stir for a few seconds.
. Remove from the flame and pour over the cooked dal mixture.
. Mix well and serve hot with steamed rice or roti.

Beerakaya Pappu
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