Monday, December 12, 2011

Spicy Peerkangai Dal / Spicy Ridge gourd Dal

Ridge gourd dal is one of my new found love.. I was just shopping at an Indian Grocery store when I stumbled upon fresh ridge gourd. I remember making masiyal, kootu or sambar out of it. So decide to try something new and the result was fabulous. A very spicy and yummy dal to go well with roti, rice or eat it just like that.


Yellow split Moong Dal - 1 cup
Cubed Ridge Gourd - 1 cup
Sambar Powder - 1 tbsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/4th tsp
Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp (optional)
Asafoetida - A pinch
Salt - To Taste
Water - 2 - 2 1/2 cups

For the Tempering:

Olive oil - 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Chana Dal - 1/2 tsp
Red Chilies - 3-4
Curry leaves - A few
Cilantro - For Garnishing


  • First, Take a pan and dry roast the Moong dal until it starts to turn light brown and a beautiful aroma emanates from it.

  • In a pressure cooker or pressure pan, heat oil and do the tempering with mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal, curry leaves, asafoetida and dry red chillies.

  • Add the cubed ridge gourd pieces to it and cook the vegetable for about 5 minutes on low heat.
  • Then add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt. Mix it all well.
  • Now add the Sambar powder and mix well.
  • Then add the dry roasted moong dal and water and pressure cook for about 2-3 whistles.
  • Spicy Ridge Gourd Dal is ready to be served.
  • Enjoy it hot as a lentil soup or with hot Roti's.

  • Adding red chilly powder and dry red chillies are optional. If you need more spicy dal, you can add these or else you can exclude them.
  • You can substitute Ridge gourd with any other vegetable such as Tindora, gourd or just tomatoes.
  • Adding more curry leaves, cilantro and asafoetida enhances the taste.
  • Adjust the water accordingly and prepare it in any consistency you prefer, be it thin or thick.
  • Enjoy the dal..


Priya said...

Super comforting dal..inviting.

Aarthi said...

awesome recipe..Thanks for sharing..


Sobha Shyam said...

very lovely dal, love the preparation, following drop at my space as time permits.. :)

divya said...

super tempting.

Nithu Bala said...

Healthy & delicious choice of curry for roti..thanks Gayu for this recipe..

chitraj.hegde said...

lovely looking dhal..never tried this marked....and thanks very much for the wishes......

Jay said...

delicious looking dal n inviting..:)
Tasty Appetite

Chitra said...

Very nice.want to try something like this for roti. will try for sure :)

Maayeka said...

Healthy and delicious daal..
you have a lovely blog dear..
Happy to follow you..

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Healthy.. .and tasty!!!

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