Heerekai thove recipe | How to make ridgegourd dal | Heerekayi and hesarubele tovve

By Latha on May 19th, 2018

heerekai thove recipe or bele tovve

Heerekai thove recipe explained with step by step pictures. This is a dal prepared using ridge gourd, mung dal, coconut, green chili, ginger and lemon. Heerekai thove or heerekayi bele thovve is very tasty, healthy and goes very well with rice.

This type of ridge gourd dal or herekai-hesarubele thove is very popular across malnad region of Karnataka. This heerekai thove or ridge gourd dal is generally served with rice. However you can make it thick and serve it with chapathi or roti as well. This gravy s very common in my family. Ridge gourd is peeled and then used in this recipe. The ridge gourd peel or heerkai sippe is used to prepare a tasty ridgegourd peel chutney or heerekai sippe chutney. If you are looking for more heerekai or ridgegourd recipes then check my heerekai dose, heerekai bonda and heerekai sippe dose recipes on this website.

If you are looking for more hesaru bele or moong dal recipes, then do check our bili saaru, gram salad (hesaru bele kosambari), hesarubele saaru or mung dal rasam, green gram dal payasa (hesaru bele payasa), green gram curry and green gram sprouts salad.

If you are looking for more Karnataka style gravy recipes then do check Doddapathre rasam, Udupi rasam, cowpea rasam and fenugreek seed rasam, upsaaru, Mango rasam, avarekalu saaru and sabsige soppu (dill leaves) rasam recipes.

Heerekai thove recipe

Preparation time: 10 min
Cooking time: 20 min
Serves: 4

Ingredients: (measuring cup used = 240ml)

  1. 1/4 cup green gram dal or moong dal or hesarubele
  2. 1 medium sized ridge gourd
  3. A big pinch of turmeric
  4. 1 - 2 green chili
  5. 1 cm length ginger
  6. 1 - 2 tsp lemon juice
  7. Salt as per your taste

Ingredients for grinding:

  1. 1/2 cup grated coconut
  2. 1/4 tsp mustard seeds

Ingredients for tempering:

  1. 1 red chili
  2. 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  3. 4 - 5 curry leaves
  4. 2 tsp cooking oil

Instructions for making heerekai thove:

  1. Rinse and peel the ridgegourd. Chop it into small pieces. Peel the ridge gourd thick and then prepare either chutney or dose using the peels (refer the above description).chopped ridgegourd for heerekai thove recipe or bele tovve
  2. Take green gram dal in a pressure cooker and rinse it.rinse green gram dal for heerekai thove recipe or bele tovve
  3. Cook green gram dal until soft by adding required water, few drops of oil and a big pinch of turmeric. I cooked dal in a pressure cooker by making 2 whistles.cook green gram dal for heerekai thove recipe or bele tovve
  4. When the pressure subsides, add in chopped ridge gourd, slit green chili and crushed ginger.ridge gourd and ginger for heerekai thove recipe or bele tovve
  5. Add in required water and cook it until ridgegourd pieces are soft. I cooked it by making 1 more whislte.tomato and ginegr for heerekai thove recipe or bele tovve
  6. Meanwhile grind coconut and mustard seeds until smooth using a mixer grinder by adding required water.grind coconut for heerekai thove recipe or bele tovve
  7. Add in ground paste into the cooker, which has cooked green gram dal, ridgegourd, ginger and green chili.ground masala for heerekai thove recipe or bele tovve
  8. Add in required salt.salt for heerekai thove recipe or bele tovve
  9. Add in required water and bring it to boil. Switch off the stove and add in lemon juice.boiling heerekai thove recipe or bele tovve
  10. Temper it with oil, red chili, mustard seeds and curry leaves. Serve it with hot steaming or rice.tempering heerekai thove recipe or bele tovve

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