November 15, 2021

Thurai Moong ki Dal | Ridge Gourd Lentil Curry

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 Some recipes are close to our heart for many reasons, and this Thurai Moong ki dal is one such recipe for me . Memories of this dal dates back to those days when internet was not heard off and we relied on magazines and cook books for various recipes to try on . Amma used to collect a lot of recipes from various magazines and also write down in her diary from the cookery shows that she would watch on TV . All off those have been my source of inspiration for what I am today. 

Thurai Moong ki Dal was one of the very first recipe I tried on my own right from chopping to pressure cooking and received a big pat from my mom who has been the  best critic of my life. I don't even have the magazine cutting with me now ,but this recipe is etched in my mind and credit goes to Mrs Tarla Dalal for having detailed the recipe so well even for a novice to prepare with confidence. 

 Ridge gourd is known as Heerekaai (kannada) , Beerakai (Telugu)  , Thurai (Gujarati) , Peerthangai (tamil) .Ridge gourd is a very healthy vegetable packed with healthy nutrients and can be used in a variety of recipes.  Peerthangai Thogayal is a very famous recipe made in Tamil Nadu and pairs very well with rice and also dosa ,idli,chapathi .Kalyani has a very detailed and delicious recipe for Peerthangai Thuvayal on her blog.

Thurai Moong Ki Dal is simple to make and gets done in less than 20 mins and the best part is ,it can all be done just using your pressure cooker. Serve this delicious mildly spiced dal with steaming hot rice or piping hot fulkas . Thurai Moong dal is easy to digest and hence you can serve this to kids or even to old people who need soft and simple food which is light on the stomach .

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Preparation Time - 10 mins
Cooking Time - 15 mins
Complexity- simple 
Serves - 2 to 3


1 medium ridge gourd 
1 cup moong dhall /split yellow lentil 
2 green chilies 
1tsp finely chopped ginger  (skip for Jain version)
Few curry leaves 
1/2 tsp mustard seeds 
1/2 tsp jeera 
2 tsp oil
Salt as needed
Pinch of turmeric
1/2 tsp sugar
Fresh corriander 


  • Wash and peel the ridge gourd and cut them into medium sized chunks. 
  • Wash and soak the moong dhall for 10 mins in water .
  • Chop the green chillies and curry leaves finely .
  • Heat oil in the pressure cooker , splutter the mustard seeds ,jeera and then fry the green chillies ,curry leaves and ginger. 
  • Add the chopped ridge gourd with turmeric, salt and saute it for 2 mins.
  • Add the soaked moong dhall  2 cups of water and suagr along with some chopped corriander and close the pressure cooker lid. Adjust salt at this stage if needed. 
  • Pressure cook for 2 whistles on medium flame ..let the pressure release naturally .
  • Open the lid, mix it well. Add some ghee if you like and serve it hot with rice or rotis .


  1. Ridge Gourd is a happy veggie at my place. I like your version with moong dal , makes a protein rich comforting side dish with phulka or jeera rice.

  2. Thurai moong ki dal looks so comforting and delicious. Perfect accompany with steamed rice or Indian flatbread. I would love to have it bowlful with a dash of ghee.

  3. Turai dal with steamed rice is so comforting !! Tarla Dalal was surely a doyen who initiated a lot of people incl you and me into their first cooking spree..

  4. Ridge gourd dal looks super tempting. One of most favourite dal recipes. Next time will add sugar and try. Simple and wholesome dal with rice and pickle is a comfort food any day.

  5. Ridge gourd is one of those veggies I don't like or use much. However, this dal sounds so amazy! I will surely try it out some time. 🙂


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