Ridge gourd chana dal stir fry is a quick, healthy and easy to prepare dry curry. This curry goes well with rice or chapatis.
Chana dal - 1/2 cup
Oil - 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Shallots - 1/2 cup
Garlic pods - 20 nos
Dry red chillies - 5 nos
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Ridge gourd, cut into pieces - 2 cups
Salt as needed
Cook dal in required water and salt till they are half done (don't overcook the dal). Set this aside.
Using a pestle and mortar, crush shallots, garlic, and dry red chillies. Set this aside.
Heat oil in a pan. Splutter mustard seeds. Add set aside crushed shallots-garlic-red chillies. Now add turmeric powder and curry leaves. Saute well. When the onion turns light brown in colour, add ridge gourd, half cooked dal, and salt. Close the lid and cook till they are done. When the water is all dried out and the ridge gourd is cooked, it is ready to be served.