How to make Turai Moong Chana-Cook Smart -

Ridge gourd cooked with split green gram and split Bengal gram

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Medium ridge gourds (turai), Split green gram with skin (chilkewali moong dal) (छिलके वाली मूंगदाल)

Cuisine : South Indian

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

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Turai Moong Chana-Cook Smart

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Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Turai Moong Chana-Cook Smart Recipe

  • Medium ridge gourds (turai) 4

  • Split green gram with skin (chilkewali moong dal) soaked 1/4 cup

  • Split Bengal gram (chana dal) soaked 1/2 cup

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Fresh coconut scraped 4 tablespoons

  • Ginger roughly chopped 1 inch

  • Green chillies roughly chopped 2

  • Oil 2 tablespoons

  • Shallots 4-5

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Curry leaves 10-15

  • Green chilli 1 for garnish


Step 1

Heat a deep non-stick pan, add split Bengal gram, split skinless green gram, salt, turmeric powder and 2 cups water and mix well. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or till both the grams are almost done.

Step 2

Peel ridge gourds and cut into big cubes.

Step 3

Put coconut, ginger and green chillies in a mixer jar and grind to a coarse paste with a little water.

Step 4

Add the ridge gourds to the grams, mix, cover and continue to cook.

Step 5

Add the coconut mixture and mix well. Cover and continue to cook.

Step 6

Heat oil in another non-stick pan. Slice the shallots.

Step 7

Add cumin seeds and mustard seeds to the hot oil and let them splutter. Add curry leaves and shallots and sauté till the shallots soften. Add this tempering to the gram mixture and mix well. Cover and cook on low heat for 1-2 minutes. Let it stand for a few minutes.

Step 8

Transfer into a serving bowl and serve hot garnished with a green chilli.

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