Turai (Ridge gourd) Chana Dal

Ridge gourd chana dal

Here’s a simple and delicious side-dish that goes well with chapathis..

Ingredients (Serves 4)

1. Ridge gourd (peechinga/turai) – 2, peeled and cut into medium thick rounds

    Chana dal / Bengal gram – 1/2 cup (Soaked in enough water for 1 – 2 hrs)

2. Oil – 1.5 tbsp

3. Onion  – 1/2 –  3/4 cup, thinly sliced and halved

4. Garlic  – 2 medium, coarsely ground or crushed

5. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

    Chilly powder – 1/2 tsp

    Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp

    Coriander powder – 1 tsp

    Pepper powder – 1/4 tsp

6. Tomato – 1 small, chopped

7. Water –  2 – 3 tbsp

8. Salt – To taste

9. Cilantro – 2 tbsp, chopped


Heat 1.5 tbsp oil in a kadai and add sliced onion. Saute until transparent and then add crushed garlic. Cook for a few minutes until their raw smell is gone. Add 2 – 3 tbsp water, spice powders (ingredients numbered 5), chopped tomatoes and fry for a few minutes until oil separates. Add chana dal and stir for a minute. Next add ridge gourd pieces and mix well. Cover and cook for 20 – 30 minutes stirring occasionally, until 3/4th done. Add salt, to taste. Cook until done. Sprinkle cilantro and serve hot with chapathis.

Recipe Courtesy – Zahera Ummat

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Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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