Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tovve- The south Indian Dal

Tovve aka the south Indian dal is an ultimate comfort food for me. I really don't know why I didn't post this earlier when I make this at least once in every week. 

This recipe uses very few simple ingredients to create this heavenly and heart warming side dish for rice or rotis. Lightly spiced moong dal and the ridge gourd combination is a match made in heaven. The addition of lime, lends a zesty flavour to the dal.

Tovve recipe:
Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins
Serves- 4


Moongdal or Tur dal or masoor dal or a combo any of these dal- 1 cup
Ridge gourd- 1 large, cubed and par boiled
Coconut- 1 tbsp (optional)
Turmeric- 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Sugar- 1 tsp
Juice of 1/2 lime
Coriander to garnish
For the seasoning:
Oil or ghee- 2 tsp
Mustard- 1/2 tsp
Jeera- 1/2 tsp
Hing- A pinch
Green chilli- 1, finely chopped
Curry leaves- 1 sprig

  • Pressure cook the dal or dals along with turmeric and 1/4tsp of oil for 5-6 whistles or till done and keep it aside.
  • Add the cooked ridge gourd and some water to  the dal and bring the miture to a boil on a low flame.
  • Add the salt, sugar and coconut and boil for 1 more min and take off the heat.
  • For the seasoning, heat oil or ghee in a pan and add the mustard seeds
  • Once they pop, add the jeera and rey till they turn brown
  • Add the hing and the curry leaves and green chillies and  fry for a min
  • Add the seasoning mixture to the dal and mix.
  • Garnish with lime juice and coriander leaves and serve hot with rice or rotis.
P.S. I have used ridge gourd for this recipe. You can use other vegetables like coyote squash, carrots, cabbage or just tomatoes.


  1. Simple but a comfort food..Love the bowl n the clicks..

  2. ohhh...droooooling here...perfect n tempting..wonderful click too!!!!

  3. super dal and super click ...yummy... love the bowl looks so attractive : )

  4. Sounds delicious n comforting..beautiful pictures!

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  5. Simply delicious and comforting that bowl..

  6. My favorite! Anna/thouve/thuppa :) thanks for posting..

  7. Very nice snap ! Looks delicious especially with lovely bowl

  8. Never tasted like this,nice looking dal! Nice recipe!

  9. hi, first time to ur blog..dal looks looks yummy and perfect with rice!!and lovely glad to follow u dear.

  10. Simple and comfort food.. First time in your blog, you have a lovely space..

  11. Simple yet tasty dal. Love your photo too...

  12. Very simple and flavorful recipe.I like the interesting shape of the bowl that u are serving it in.

  13. first time here.. the bowl full of daal looks so delicious.. love to follow u!

  14. Your presentation and crockery is so nice.Dal looks delicious.

  15. This is my first time here and i loved many of your recipes.The pinacolada cake and the karela gojju looks awesome..

    About this's simple and delicious , we make a version with bottle guard but with coconut and these seasonings, it should be a lot more tasty...must try.

  16. It is a feast for the eyes to view the recipes in your blog... Loved ur site... amazing.. Glad to follow u..


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