Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Ridge Gourd Dal (Beerakaya Pesarapappu)

This recipe is from Pedatha's book. Her book always stays in my kitchen bookshelf. I have learned many basics form it. This is a very comforting dal with rice.

3/4 cup green gram (husked)
2 medium ridge gourd (chopped)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
2 green chillies (slit length wise)
2 tbsp fresh coriander leaves (chopped)
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp oil
salt to taste

For tempering

1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
2 red chillies
handful of curry leaves
1/4 tsp asafoetida powder


Pressure cook the dal with turmeric in 3 cups of water to a soft consistency. If the cooked dal is very thick you can dilute it by adding half cup of water. Churn well and set aside.
Scrape and chop the ridge gourd into medium sized cubes.
In a pan heat the oil for tempering and add mustard and let them pop. Lower the flame and add the rest of the tempering ingredients.
To this add the chopped gourds, cover and cook for a couple of minutes until tender.
Add the cooked gram, green chillies, coriander leaves and salt and continue to cook for a few minutes. Turn off the heat and add stir in the lemon juice.
Serve warm with rice!


Jeyashris Kitchen said...

Very new one to me.I have never tried dal by adding ridge gourd.Sounds yummy

lubnakarim06 said...

Wow...that's an yum dal recipe with ridge gourd....never tried that combo...

sanjeeta kk said...

What a creamy dal and healthy with the veggie in it!

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Saee Koranne-Khandekar said...

Heart warmingly delicious!

Indian Khana said...

Looks yum and I just made last weekend

Chitra said...

new to me. Looks too good..

Priya Sreeram said...

good one

Suman Singh said...

Healthy and delicious dal..looks yummy!

Sushma Mallya said...

Yummy dal, looks v inviting:)

Unknown said...

beerakaya pesarpappu look comforting and yummy!....I make it whenever I have extra beerakaya!

Lakshmi ...Rasoi ki Malkin..northern and southern spices said...

Looks so creamy and soft..

Torviewtoronto said...

lovely combination looks delicious

Laavanya said...

I've not tried a dhal with ridge gourd - looks very nice.

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aipi said...

Homey n comfy..perfect with rice!

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Aruna said...

Thanks for reminding me Sharmi of this recipe. Being a Vata person per the other book by Jigysa and Pratibha and I should avoid Tuar Dal.Green gram is an ideal substitute.