Sep 3, 2013

Heerekai Thove (Ridge gourd -Lentils Curry)

Heerekai Thove is a popular recipe southern part Karnataka. Often my mom makes this recipe for chapathi and rice. 

Thove (or tovve) is a very light lentil based curry with no masala. There are different variations in thovve which is made with or without adding vegetables.  It is a simple dal to make especially when you don't have spices at home.


1 cup Toor Dal
1 kg Heerekai (chinese okra or ridge gourd), cubed
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 Onion, diced
1 Tomato, diced
4 Green Chilies, cut lengthwise
1 sprig of curry leaves
1/4 tsp pepper powder
2 tsp Oil


  1. Cook toor dal with 3 cups of water in a pressure cooker for 10 minutes
  2. Heat oil in a pan, when it is smoky; add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, green chilies and curry leave. Saute for few seconds and then add heerekai, onions and tomatoes. Cook for 3 minutes. Transfer these ingredients to pressure cooker.
  3. Add pepper and adjust salt as per taste . Again cook in pressure cooker for 1 whistle
  4. Serve hot with rice or chapathi

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