Ridge gourd lentil dal

Ridgegourd sambar2


This dish is warming, comforting, and nutritious, and I could probably eat it every day. This version is simple and easy (which is common in Indian cooking and adds a tremendous amount of flavor and depth to the dish) here I flavoured the dal just with garlic. Strangely enough, once you add the lentils to the pot, the key is not stirring them until the end; if you leave the lentils alone they’ll develop a wonderful creaminess as they becomes tender and begin to break down.

Health Benefits:

Replacing one or more meals per week with vegetarian options such as beans and lentils can improve your health. Beans and lentils offer protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber with no added fat or cholesterol. Beans and lentils also count toward your daily vegetable servings to support good health.

Serves: 4-5
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 50 minutes to 1hour


  • Masoor dal/red lentil-1/2 cup
  • Moong dal/ yellow dal-1/2 cup
  • Peel and chopped ridgegourd-1 cup
  • Chopped onion-1medium
  • Chopped tomatoes-2
  • Crushed garlic-3cloves
  • Salt- to taste
  • Turmeric-1/2tsp

For seasoning:

  • Oil-2tsp
  • Cumin seeds-1tsp
  • Mustard seeds-1tsp
  • Dried red chillies-2-3
  • For garnishing:
  • Chopped Fresh cilantro/coriander-a handful


  • Wash 3-4 time yellow moong and masoor dal and soak for 1-2 hours.
  • Drain and rinse and set aside.
  • In a sauce pan add the washed and soaked dals, onion, garlic, ridge gourd, tomato and cook for 18-20minutes or until the dals and veggies are cooked completely.

Ridgegourd sambar4

  • Meanwhile prepare a seasoning – heat oil in a pan add in mustard seeds as it splutters, add cumin seeds, red chillies and pour the seasoning on the dal.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro/coriander

Ridgegourd sambar1

Serve with


Naan Yeast


Mint Kulcha final


  • Any lentils/beans can be used as a variation.
  • Spices can be personalised as per the taste.

About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on January 25, 2016, in Indian and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 43 Comments.

  1. Looks very delicious Chitra πŸ˜€


  2. Reblogged this on Home Made Dreams! and commented:

    Something different!


  3. I love lentils, and I didn’t know that about not stirring. Interesting! This one sounds very tasty with all the spices.

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  4. We aim for a few meatless meals each week and I’m always looking for “Meatless Monday” ideas. This looks wonderful… just need to figure out if we have something similar to ridge gourd in my part of the world. 😊


  5. Looks wonderful Chitra, the color is just beautiful!!

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  6. Looks very healthy and delicious dear!

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  7. Love this dal with ridge gourd..

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  8. Looks delicious…we usually make this with just Tur dal…great idea to combine a few more dals:))

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  9. Looks so good! Wish I knew where to find ridge gourd. I’d love to try it!

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  10. Delicious πŸ™‚ Amma makes a similar dal πŸ™‚

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  11. comfort food πŸ™‚

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  12. This is one very famous dal in Andhra…loved ur version too..we make either with tur dal or as a curry with channa dal!!

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  13. So healthy and delicious

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  14. Love the addition of ridge guard to dal! lovely, Chitra πŸ™‚

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  15. Lovely recipe Chitra πŸ™‚

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  16. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

    Hi, Chitra,

    I wanted to ask you what “ridge gourd” is. I usually find by googling but there is no solution so far. If we do not have it here in the U.S., is there a substitution? I appreciate any help you can give me on this.



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  17. I love my beans/lentils and your recipe sounds delicious. Just bought a Paleo cookbook and you can’t have legumes. Don’t think that diet will work for me!


  18. Love daal in the winter months πŸ™‚


  19. Hello! i really liked your post. Please share some more


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