3-4Dried kapok buds / Shalmali / marathi moggu, (optional but preffered )
1tspPoppy seeds / khus khus
4tbspFreshly grated coconut
5-8Broken red Chillies
For the seasoning:
1-2tsp Ghee / oil, ghee preferred
a pinch Hing /Asafoetida
Wash and roughly peel the ridge gourd to remove sharp ridges. You need not peel the skin completely. The removed peel can be used to do ridge gourd chutney .Cut the ridge gourd into chunks. Add a pinch of turmeric , water and keep to cook . No need to make mushy . Cook 60-70 % .
Clean and Wash Toordal . Add a big pinch of haldi and pressure cook them together for 3-4 whistles . Mash it nicely .
Take a small kadai or pan . Add a tsp of oil and fry all the ingredients under ‘to grind’ category except poppy seeds and coconut. When done , switch off and add poppy seeds . Toss few times .Do not fry coconut.
Grind the fried masala with coconut and little water to make smooth paste.
Transfer cooked dal , ground masala paste, tamarind pulp , jaggery and salt to the cooked ridge gourd. Add water to get desired consistency. Bring huli tovve to boil . Taste test
Now heat oil in kadai and temper with the ingredients mentioned and add it to the Huli tovve and stir well.
That's it simple Huli Tovve is ready to serve. Enjoy it with hot rice drizzled with few drops of ghee .
In the above , i have shown the method of making huli tovve using ridge gourd . Instead you can used mixed veggies / chayote sqaush ( chow chow / seeme badnekayi ) / Pumpkin etc .
The masala used for grinding is basically Bisi bele bath powder masala .. so instead of roasting fresh .. if you already have bisi bele bath powder ready .. you can use that ..