Bottle Gourd Moong Dal

11 Aug

Anapakaya Pesara Pappu.

Bottle gourd is chopped up and pressure cooked till soft. Moong dal is boiled in water and finished with bottle gourd and spices. Serve bottle gourd moong dal with steamed rice or with roti.
Makes: around 4 Servings of Bottle Gourd Moong Dal .


Moong Dal 1 Cup
Bottle Gourd 1/2 of Small One
Green Chiles 2 – 4
Lemon Juice 1 Tbsp
Turmeric Powder a big Pinch
Salt to taste


Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Broken Dried Red Chiles 3 – 4
Asafoetida a Big Pinch
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Remove stems, wash and slice the green chiles.
Peel, wash, remove ends and chop bottle gourd into small pieces (around 2 Cups).
Pressure cook bottle gourd with green chiles and few pinches of salt and with few splashes of water for 3 whistles.

Heat 3 cups of water in a sauce pot, add moong dal.
Let moong dal cook for around 15 minutes or until moong dal becomes translucent.
Stir in cooked bottle gourd, green chiles, turmeric powder and salt.
Boil till moong dal is cooked and bottle gourd absorbs the flavors.

Heat oil in a small pan on medium heat, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, remove from heat and add to the above pot with bottle gourd and lentils.
Boil for a minute and remove from heat.
Stir in lemon juice and serve bottle gourd moong dal with steamed rice or with roti.
Notes: Make sure bottle gourd is cooked well before removing from heat.

Suggestions: You can also boil bottle gourd along with moong dal if you wish. Add bottle gourd around half way of cooking the moong dal.
Variations: Check other dal / dhal recipes here.
Other Names: Bottle Gourd in Yellow Lentils, Anapakaya Pesara Pappu.

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