Saturday, September 30, 2023



Ridge Gourd  and Moong Dal are the main ingredients for today's recipe- Heerekayi Tovve -which is from my Home State of Karnataka. This dish is called Heerekayi Tovve since Ridge Gourd is called Heerekayi in Kannada and Tovve is the Kannada word for Dal. Ridge Gourd is called Turai in Hindi and Ghosale in my mother tongue, Konkani. We use ridge gourd at home from time to time as it has various properties that make it good for health. 

Elsewhere in this blog you will find recipes for other dishes made with ridge gourd such as:-

This easy to make dish tastes delicious and goes well with chapatis. I have adapted this from Ridge Gourd with Moong Dal by Bhasanur Cooking. 

We loved the dish and I would heartily recommend this for you. 


  • Heerekayi ( Ridge Gourd), peeled and chopped, 1- about 300-350 gms
  • Moong Dal, 1/2 cup
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/2 tsp
  • Oil, 1 tsp 
  • Salt, to taste
  • Mustard Seeds, 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds, 1/2 tsp
  • Curry Leaves, a sprig 
  • Garlic Cloves, 3
  • Green Chillies, 2
  • Onion, 1 (small sized) 
  • Tomato, 1
  • Coriander Leaves,  finely chopped, for garnish
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oil, 1 tbsp 


Wash the ridge gourd and peel off the skin using a peeler. Chop the ridge gourd and keep aside. 

Chop the garlic, green chillies, onion, and tomato

Wash the moong dal and place it in a pressure cooker along with the chopped ridge gourd, adding 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder, a little salt and 1 tsp of oil . Add two cups of water and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles 

Once the cooker cools, remove the cooked ridge gourd-moong dal mixture and mash it lightly with a ladle

Keep aside

Heat 1 tbsp of oil in  kadhai, on medium heat add the mustard seeds and when they splutter add cumin seeds and when they sizzle add the curry leaves and saute for a few seconds

To this add, the chopped garlic and chopped green chillies and mix well

Add the chopped onion and saute till the onions become translucent

Add the finely chopped tomato and cook till it becomes soft and mushy

Now add the cooked dal and ridge gourd mixture, 1/2 cup of water and mix well

Check for salt and add if required

Add more water if required to get the desired consistency

Bring to a boil and lower the heat. Allow the dish to simmer for 2-3 minutes

Switch off the gas. Transfer to serving bowl

Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves

Serve the Heerekayi Tovve with hot chapatis  and / or rice. 


  1. Simple, and yummy and healthy. Love these sort of recipes. 👍🏾

  2. Very yummy n easy to make. We loved it with hot ruce


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