South Indian style bottle gourd with dal is a very simple yet comforting dish. This dish goes well with hot steam rice or any Indian bread. Taste amazing with a drizzle of ghee over it.
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Yield / Serves
Moong dal - Â½ cup
Bottle gourd/ lauki - 1 medium size cubed
Tamarind - 1 small lemon sized
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp
Water - 1Â½- 2 cups or as required
For Tempering: Mustard seeds - Â½ tsp
Cumin seeds - Â½ tsp
Red chillies - 2 whole
Curry leaves - 4-5
Green chillies - 1-2 slit
Ginger - a small piece finely chopped
Garlic - 2 chopped
Turmeric powder - Â¼ tsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Soak the tamarind in little water in a small bowl for sometime and extract the juice out of it.
Add the dal, bottle gourd, water, salt to taste in a pressure cooker and pressure cook for about 3 whistles. Let the pressure release by itself and coarsely mash the dal and bottle gourd with the back If the laddle.
Heat oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and red chillies a let it crackle.
Add the curry leaves, green chillies, ginger, garlic and saute for about 2 mins.
Add the turmeric powder and asafoetida and tamarind juice and cook for a min or two.
Add this tempering to the dal bottle gourd mixture, give a good stir and take off the heat.
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