Turai Chana Dal Ki Sabzi is classic, simple and vegan plant-based side dish recipe. Though there are many different ways of making it, I love to make this with very minimal ingredients. This sabzi recipe tastes best when served with piping hot roti’s or with steamed rice, rasam or chaaru.
About This Recipe
The combination of turai and chana dal in this recipe is palate pleasing. Turai | Ridge Gourd is much loved vegetable in Andhra and Telangana regions. You will find many interesting and appetizing recipes in Telugu Cuisine. The bland taste of turai is easily complimented with chana dal in this recipe.
Protein packed Chana Dal | Split Chickpeas are rich in B-Complex vitamins. These are good source of folic acid.
Chana Dal is considered as a popular alternative for meat protein. It also helps in lowering cholesterol level in blood and also good for diabetic patients as it has low glycaemic index.
Chana Dal is one of the most flavourful dal of dal family. When turai and chana dal are cooked together, the taste and nutrition is much more.
Turai Chana Dal Recipe is,
- nut free
- plant protein rich
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Main Ingredients to make Ridge Gourd Chana Dal
Ridge Goud | Turai – I completely peel the green hard skin on turai and then cut it into pieces. Tasting the turai before cutting into pieces is compulsory as sometimes it will be bitter. If turai is bitter, then the curry will not taste good. Some people will only scrape the hard edges on turai and leave the green skin.
For this recipe, I recommend completely removing the skin of turai. Turai is a watery vegetable. When it is fresh, it leaves lot of water while cooking. So, adjust water accordingly in the recipe.
Chana Dal | Split Chickpea – Soaking chana dal for 30-60 minutes before cooking will help in cooking the dal faster. If you are in hurry, then you can pressure cook the dal for two whistles on medium flame. Boiling chana dal on stovetop, will give you perfectly textured dal as you can keep an eye on dal.
Ginger-Garlic Paste – As ridge gourd is bland tasting vegetable, adding of ginger-garlic paste enhances the taste of this recipe. Don’t forget to check out my easy homemade ginger-garlic paste recipe.
Dry Coconut Powder – This will give taste and thickness to the curry. Dry coconut powder will bring nutty taste and creamy texture in this recipe.
Garam Masala – This is the secret ingredient in this recipe. A generous pinch of garam masala will bring aroma and flavour in the recipe. Check out my easy homemade garam masala recipe and try it today!
- 1 kg Turai, peeled and cut into pieces
- ½ cup Chana dal, washed and soaked for 2-3 hours
- 1 Onion, finely chopped
- 2 Green chilies, slit lengthwise
- 1 tbsp. Red Chili powder
- 3 tbsp. dry Coconut powder
- ¼ tbsp. Turmeric powder
- ½ tbsp. Ginger-Garlic Paste
- ¼ tbsp. Garam Masala
- Salt to taste
- Oil for cooking
- 1-2 spring Coriander leaves
How to make Ridge Gourd Chana Dal Recipe
- Pressure cook chana dal until soft but not mushy. Set aside.
- Alternatively, you can even boil chana dal by adding more water and drain off the water when dal is cooked.
- In the meantime, in a heavy bottom cooking pan add oil and fry sliced onions until translucent.
- Now add ginger-garlic paste and fry until raw smell wafts. To this add turai pieces, green chilies, turmeric powder and salt.
- Gently mix the ingredients and cook on a low flame by covering with a lid. (Ridge gourd is a watery vegetable and releases water on cooking, so no need to add any extra water.)
- Cook till turai is completely soft. Now add chana dal along with water (in which chana dal was cooked, if any remaining), dry coconut powder and garam masala.
- Cook on low flame by giving the recipe a gently stir.
- Cook for another 2-3 minutes and add red chili powder. (You can add red chili powder in third step, but I mostly add red chili powder in the end as it imparts nice color to the recipe).
- Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve with hot roti or rice.
- Add ‘love’ to make this Turai Chanae ki Dal taste ‘YUMMY’.
You can easily replace turai (ridge gourd) in the above recipe with potato, brinjal, capsicum, etc;
Lubna's Serving Suggestions:
Nutritious and delicious turai chana dal can be served with piping hot bowl of steamed rice, any dal like khatti dal, meethi dal, chaaru, rasam, etc; You can even serve this with roti or phulka or poori.
Easy Serving Suggestion of Turai Chana Dal Recipe:
Steamed Rice + Chaaru + Turai Chana Dal Sabzi + Papad + Pickle + Curd + cucumber crudites.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 117Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 298mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 3g