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Ridge Gourd - Moong Dal Sambar Recipe

Updated on July 28, 2020
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Shwetha Bhat is passionate about food and cooking. She loves to experiment in the kitchen and share her recipes.

Ridge gourd-moong dal sambar

Ridge gourd is known as heerekai in Kannada, peerkankai in Tamil, beerkai in Telugu and turai in Hindi. It is also called as luffa in English.

Ridge gourd is a rich source of dietary fiber, Vitamin C, zinc, iron, riboflavin, magnesium, thiamine and other minerals. Low in fat, cholesterol and calories, and aids in weight loss. So, this sambar is perfect for kids, adults and elderly people.

This is very comforting dish with the goodness of lentils and ridge gourd. Goes very well with hot steamed rice and brown rice. Can also serve with roti and chapati.

Ridge gourd-moong dal sambar
Ridge gourd-moong dal sambar

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: Serves 2 people 1 cup of ridge gourd

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup split yellow moong dal or lentil, washed and soaked for 10-15 minutes
  • 1-2 ridge gourd, washed, peeled stripes and chopped
  • 1-2 ripe tomatoes, washed and chopped
  • 1-2 teaspoons cooking oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • salt to taste
  • 1-2 cups water, or as required
  • 1/2 cup fresh coconut, grated
  • 1-2 green chilies
  • 1/4 cup fresh coriander leaves

Preparation

  1. Wash and rinse 1/2 cup of moong dal or split yellow moong lentil. Soak in water for 10-15 minutes. (Soaking fasten the cooking of lentils, but you can skip this step too).
  2. Wash, chop off the ends (top and bottom ends of the ridge gourd), peel the stripes of ridge gourd. No need to peel the skin. Cut into pieces. Remove seeds if any. Keep aside.
  3. Wash and chop 1-2 medium sized ripe tomatoes. Keep aside.
  4. In a pan or pot, heat 1-2 teaspoons of cooking oil. Splutter 1/2 teaspoon of mustard seeds and 1/2 teaspoon of cumin seeds.
  5. Add chopped tomatoes, saute in medium flame for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Add chopped ridge gourd. Give a stir till it mixes with tomatoes.
  7. Drain water from soaked moong dal, add this to ridge gourd-tomato mixture.
  8. Mix everything properly and fry for 3-4 minutes.
  9. Add 1 cup of water or enough to cover the vegetables and lentil, add salt to taste. Cover and cook till both lentil and ridge gourd cooked properly (or take whistles in cooker).
  10. Meanwhile, grate 1/2 cup of fresh coconut, transfer this to mixer jar.
  11. Add 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds, 1-2 green chilies, 1/4 cup of fresh coriander leaves.
  12. Add 1/4 cup of water or required to grind the coconut and grind to smooth paste.
  13. Once ridge gourd and moong dal is cooked properly, add this ground paste and mix well.
  14. Add more water if required to adjust the consistency of sambar. Add salt if required.
  15. Ridge gourd-moong dal sambar is ready to serve. Serve hot with rice, chapati or roti.

How to prepare sambar with step by step photos

Take 1/2 cup of moong dal or split yellow lentil in a vessel.
Take 1/2 cup of moong dal or split yellow lentil in a vessel.
Rinse and soak in water for 10-15 minutes (optional).
Rinse and soak in water for 10-15 minutes (optional).
Wash, chop off the ends and peel the stripes of ridge gourd. No need to peel the skin. Chop ridge gourd (remove seeds if any). Wash and chop 1-2 ripe tomatoes. Keep aside.
Wash, chop off the ends and peel the stripes of ridge gourd. No need to peel the skin. Chop ridge gourd (remove seeds if any). Wash and chop 1-2 ripe tomatoes. Keep aside.
In a pan or pot, heat 1-2 teaspoons of cooking oil. Splutter 1/2 teaspoon of mustard seeds and 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds.
In a pan or pot, heat 1-2 teaspoons of cooking oil. Splutter 1/2 teaspoon of mustard seeds and 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds.
Add chopped tomatoes.
Add chopped tomatoes.
Fry in medium flame for 1-2 minutes or until it turns little soft.
Fry in medium flame for 1-2 minutes or until it turns little soft.
Add chopped ridge gourd.
Add chopped ridge gourd.
Give a stir till it mixes with tomatoes.
Give a stir till it mixes with tomatoes.
Drain water from soaked moong dal and add.
Drain water from soaked moong dal and add.
Mix everything properly.
Mix everything properly.
Add 1 cup of water or required to cover the vegetables. Add salt to taste. Close the lid and cook in medium flame till ridge gourd and lentils cooked properly (or take 2-3 whistles in pressure cooker to save time).
Add 1 cup of water or required to cover the vegetables. Add salt to taste. Close the lid and cook in medium flame till ridge gourd and lentils cooked properly (or take 2-3 whistles in pressure cooker to save time).
When the ridge gourd-lentil mixture is cooking, grate 1/2 cup of fresh coconut.
When the ridge gourd-lentil mixture is cooking, grate 1/2 cup of fresh coconut.
Transfer grated coconut to a mixer jar, add 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds and 1-2 green chilies.
Transfer grated coconut to a mixer jar, add 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds and 1-2 green chilies.
Add 1/4 cup of fresh coriander leaves.
Add 1/4 cup of fresh coriander leaves.
Add 1/4 cup of water or as required to grind the coconut mixture and grind to smooth paste.
Add 1/4 cup of water or as required to grind the coconut mixture and grind to smooth paste.
Ridge gourd and moong dal or lrntils are cooked properly by now (normally takes about 15-20 minutes).
Ridge gourd and moong dal or lrntils are cooked properly by now (normally takes about 15-20 minutes).
Add ground coconut paste to cooked ridge gourd-lentil mixture.
Add ground coconut paste to cooked ridge gourd-lentil mixture.
Mix properly. Add water as per the cocnsistency you need. Adjust the salt. Boil in low flame for 3-4 minutes. Switch off the flame.
Mix properly. Add water as per the cocnsistency you need. Adjust the salt. Boil in low flame for 3-4 minutes. Switch off the flame.
Ridge gourd-moong dal sambar is ready to serve. Serve hot with hot rice, chapati or roti.
Ridge gourd-moong dal sambar is ready to serve. Serve hot with hot rice, chapati or roti.

Tips and suggestions

  1. Always choose tender and fresh ridge gourd.
  2. Don't make too small pieces of ridge gourd. They will be mashed up with dal.
  3. You can make this sambar in pressure cooker too. Add vegetables, lentils and ground paste to pressure cooker and take whistles. This saves time.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 174
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Carbohydrates 30 g10%
Sugar 5 g
Fiber 13 g52%
Protein 11 g22%
Sodium 169 mg7%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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    • Shwetha raashi profile imageAUTHOR

      Shwetha bhat 

      12 months ago from Bengaluru

      Thanks for the comment. Try this ridge gourd sambar even though you don't like this vegetable. I am sure you will love it.

    • Shwetha raashi profile imageAUTHOR

      Shwetha bhat 

      12 months ago from Bengaluru

      Yes. This sambar is good, delicious and healthy. Please try it once. Thanks for your words.

    • Danny Fernandes profile image

      Danny 

      12 months ago from India

      Hi Shwetha. Thanks once again for an exciting dish. Though I don't like Ridge Gourd much, my family members prefer it a lot. I want to taste Louki, but as per some people'S views, drinking Louki juice or having too much Louki is bad, since it contains bitter juice.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      12 months ago from Sunny Florida

      This dish looks so good. I think it would be delicious. Thank you for this recipe.

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