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Ridge Gord dal recipe

Ridge Gourd Dal / Heerekayi Tovve / Turai Dal is an easy, tasty and quick dish made with Ridge gourd, Moong dal, Tomato and few basic spices. A hot bowl of Dal , Rice ,little ghee on top and some papad on side.. is what defines comfort food any day… isn’t it ??

Here are some more Dal recipes that you can try – Palak Dal , Dill leaves Dal , Dal Bhukara , Drumstick leaves dal ,Raw Mango Dal , Lauki Channa dal etc

Ridge Gourd is a vegetable which either many hate / is just OK OK type . Knowing that ridge gourd is very high in water and nutrient content and barely has any fats and cholesterol i keep bringing them home often .Thank fully my kids are not that fussy when it comes to veggies .

I have already shared few ridge gourd recipes here and today its time for a humble dish using the veggie . Ridge Gourd dal is known as Heerekayi Tovve in Kannada, Beerakaya Pappu in Andra , Turai Dal in Hindi . Do try and enjoy !! The peel can be used for Ridge gourd Peel Chutney


Few points to note while making Ridge gourd Dal :

  • Always choose tender , young , fresh ridge gourd which has less seeds . Large mature gourds usually have a lot of seeds and are fibrous
  • I use moong dal to make this dish . However , if you want can use tuvar dal.
  • For souring , you can use either tamarind or lemon.
  • I usually don’t add garlic to this dal . Keep it simple with ginger and hing as main flavors . However , if you want can add few garlic pieces for tempering .
  • If you want , you can pressure cook dal , tomato , green chilli and ridge gourd pieces together in a cooker and later mix it with prepared tempering. In that case, chop ridge gourd little bigger so that they don’t get mushy.
  • Instead of pressure cooker , you can use Instant Pot .
heerekayi tovve recipe with step by step photos
heerekayi tovve recipe

Ridge Gourd dal / Heerekayi Tovve

Smitha Kalluraya
Ridge Gourd Dal / Heerekayi Tovve / Turai Dal is an easy, tasty and quick dish made with Ridge gourd, Moong dal, Tomato and few basic spices.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 People


  • 1 big Ridge Gourd / Heereakayi
  • 1 cup Moong Dal / Split Green gram
  • 1 medium size Onion, chopped
  • 1 No Tomato, chopped
  • 4-5 nos Green Chilli, chopped
  • 1 inch Ginger, grated
  • 1/2 tsp Haldi / Turmeric
  • few Curry leaves
  • small lemon size Tamarind , soaked in water
  • 2-3 tsp Oil

To Temper

  • 1-2 tsp Ghee
  • 1 tsp Mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Jeera / cumin seeds
  • 1-2 no Red Chilli, broken
  • pinch Hing / asafoetida
  • 2-4 Garlic flakes, optional


  • Wash Ridge Gourd. Using a peeler, slightly peel only the sharp ridge portion of the veggie.
    No need to peel entire skin.
  • Dice ridge gourd into small pieces. Keep them aside.
  • Wash moong dal nicely 1- 2 times , add haldi to it and pressure cook with tomato and Green chillies.
  • On medium flame cook 2 whistles or cook till soft.
    Usually , moong dal doesn't take long to cook .
  • Once pressure releases , mash the cooked dal and keep aside.
  • In a pan add oil. Add chopped Onion, grated ginger and few curry leaves .
    If using add garlic , add them too.
    Saute till onions are translucent .
  • Add chopped Ridge Gourd and salt. Saute 1-2 mins.
  • Add water, cover and cook 5-6 mins. Let it get soft.
  • Once ridge gourd is cooked well , add mashed dal, tamarind water ( or lemon ) . Combine nicely.
  • Add water to adjust the consistency . Simmer and boil dal for 3-4 mins.
  • Mean while , prepare tempering. To a small pan heat ghee. Splutter mustard and jeera .
    Add broken red chilli pieces , hing and curry leaves. Saute 1-2 mins.
    Add the tempering to dal.
  • Ridgegourd Dal is ready to relish !! Enjoy with hot rice or chapathi
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