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Monday, July 28, 2008

Ridge Gourd (Heerekayi) Tove | ಹೀರೆಕಾಯಿ (ದಾರಳೆಕಾಯಿ | ಪೀರೆ) ತೋವೆ

Ridge Gourd gravy with Yellow Lentils

2 medium sized Ridge Gourd  |  ಹೀರೆಕಾಯಿ (ದಾರಳೆಕಾಯಿ | ಪೀರೆ)
1 cup Yellow Lentils (Toor Dal) |  ತೊಗರಿಬೇಳೆ
2 - 3 Green Chillies  |  ಹಸಿಮೆಣಸು
1/4 - 1/2 tsp of Turmeric powder  |  ಅರಶಿನ ಹುಡಿ
2 - 3 tsp grated Coconut  |  ತುರಿದ ತೆಂಗಿನಕಾಯಿ
6 - 8 strands Coriander leaves  |  ಕೊತ್ತಂಬರಿ ಸೊಪ್ಪು
1 - 2 tsp fresh Lemon Juice  |  ತಾಜಾ ನಿಂಬೆ ರಸ
Salt to taste  |  ರುಚಿಗೆ ತಕ್ಕಷ್ಟು ಉಪ್ಪು
2 - 3 tsp Ghee  |  ತುಪ್ಪ 
1 - 2 broken Red Chillies  |  ಕೆಂಪು ಒಣ ಮೆಣಸಿನ ತುಂಡು
1/2 Cumin seeds  |  ಜೀರಿಗೆ
1 tsp Mustard seeds  |  ಸಾಸಿವೆ
Big pinch of Asafoetida |  ದೊಡ್ಡ ಚಿಟಿಕೆ ಇಂಗು
2 strands Curry leaves  |  ಕರಿ ಬೇವಿನ ಸೊಪ್ಪು

Peel the outer skin of ridge gourd and chop it into medium sized pieces as shown in the picture below. Cut the green chillies into 2 halves.

Put chopped ridge gourd, green chillies, salt, turmeric powder and water in a vessel and cook them well.

Once the ridge gourd is cooked properly, add cooked yellow lentils and bring them to boil. Add grated coconut, chopped coriander leaves and keep the Tove in low flame for about 3-4 mins and stir it. Add fresh lemon juice and mix them well. Put mustard seeds, cumin seeds and ghee in a pan. Once it starts spluttering, add asafoetida powder, curry leaves, keep it for few seconds and then add it to tove. Mix well before serving. It goes well with Rice | Chapathi.