Moong Dal / Split Green Gram : 1/2 cup
Chopped Ridge Gourd: 1 and 1/2 cup
Tomato: 1 large sized
Tamarind: marble sized ball
Turmeric Powder : 1/4 tsp
Green Chillies: 2 – 3
Red Chilli Powder : as needed
Garlic : 2
Mustard Seeds: 1/2 tsp
Chana Dal: 1/2 tsp
Urad Dal: 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves: 1 sprig
A pinch of hing
Salt to taste
Oil: 2 tbsp
. Soak the tamarind in water and squeeze the extract out of it.
. Wash, peel and chop the ridge gourd into medium size pieces.
. Put the rinsed moong dal, chopped tomato and ridge gourd pieces and one cup of water and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
. Turn off the flame and wait until the pressure go off.
. Add the tamarind extract, salt and red chilli powder to the cooked dal and allow it to cook for 5 minutes.
. Heat oil in a pan for seasoning. Add the mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal and minced garlic and let them splutter.
. Add the curry leaves and hing and fry for a couple of seconds.
. Switch off the flame and add the seasoned ingredients to the dal.
. Combine well and serve hot with rice or roti.