Thursday, 19 November 2015

Tovve | Hesarukattu | Simple Moong Dal Curry


Don't know whether I am becoming more busy (or lazy!) these days, its becoming tough for me to invest time for blogging. We were roaming around different places during the week-ends and kiddo keeps me busy during the week days! Even I tried varieties of dishes, but couldn't click the picks being with her.
We had a memorable Diwali celebration this time. There are more Indians in our locality. So, we took part in Diwali celebrations at different places. We celebrated the festival at home one day. I had prepared Holige / Obbattu for Diwali this time. In fact I prepared Seven Cup Burfi and Mysore Pak too! But they were for kiddos playgroup and hubby's office.
There are different ways to prepare this Tovve. My version was slightly different earlier; after I learned this version from my friend Maitri, I just shifted to this method. Try this simple and easy curry and let me know your feedback!


Preparation time: 20 minutes
Serves: 2
Difficulty level: Easy

Ingredients:
  • Moong dal - 1/3 cup (1 cup = 70 gm approx)
  • Water - 4 cups
  • Turmeric powder - big pinch
  • Ginger (crushed) - 1 1/2 inch
  • Green chilly - 2 nos (adjust according to taste)
  • Asafoetida / hing - big pinch
  • Salt - for taste
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves - 2 tbsp
  • Lime - half slice

For tempering: Ghee / clarified butter - 1 1/2 tsp, cumin seeds - 1 tsp, Mustard seeds - 1 tsp


Method:
  • Wash the moong dal in clean water. To this, add around 3 cups of water, big pinch of turmeric and 2 - 3 drops of cooking oil. Pressure cook for 1 whistle. You can cook it directly on the stove top; it takes little longer to cook. 
  • Once the moong dal is 3/4th cooked, add crushed ginger, slit green chillies, hing, salt and lime squeeze for taste. Add little more water if required. Let it boil nicely for 5 minutes and then, add the chopped coriander and turn off the flame.
  • Heat ghee in a small wok. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Once it starts crackling, mix it with the prepared Tovve or Dal mixture.
  • Serve it hot with rice and pickle!

Tips:
  • Lime squeeze can be added either before boiling the mixture or at the end. Anything is fine!
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