June 18, 2011

Padavalakai Thove | Snakegourd Dal-Curry


Thovve (Dal in Kannada) is one of the easiest dishes to make when one is pressed for time or when you need something light and breezy for lunch / dinner. Today I present Padavalakai Thovve (Padavalakai = Kannada for Snakegourd) - a very simple, basic and healthy accompaniment to Phulkas / rice alike.

For years we kids used to call it "Satellite" at home.. Now, thats a strange name for a dish, wouldnt you say !? To cut a long story short, the episode goes like this : As kids, we used to have our dinner, esp on some summer evenings outside the house right on the compound where grandmom used to give us "thuthu" (small morsels of food made from a common food bowl) to all us kids. That particular day, she had made this Thovve and up in the sky, we could see some bright objects spinning. The first idea that came to us was that they were satellites whirling away (only years later did we know how true that was !). So, grandmom coaxed us to eat this dish and nicknamed it Satellite, and so the name stuck. It was even stranger that when I got married too, I kept referring it to as Satellite in the first few months, and S thought he had married an alien(?!) he he :-D


You can make this with veggies like Chow Chow, Snake gourd, cucumber (yes, green cucumber) or any such water-based vegetables (zucchini?? may be,I havent tried) . S calls this Mashial (Tamil), but we dont add the usual tomatoes , onions etc . This dish can be rustled up in under 30 mins and is almost Oil free (just 1 tsp reqd) . Sending this to BM day 3 under the theme "7 ways to use Moong Dal"


Preparation time : 5 mins. Cooking time : 15 - 20 mins. Serves : 4


Ingredients:
  • Moong Dal / Split yellow gram- 1 cup
  • Chopped Snakegourd - 1/2 cup
  • Oil - 1 tsp (yes!)
  • Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Grated coconut - 1 tsp (opt) - I didnt use it here
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp
For Tempering:
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Jeera / Cumin - 1 tsp
  • Red chillies (broken) - 2 or 3 (alt. use 1 or 2 green chillies)
  • Hing - 1 tsp
  • Coriander and curry leaves - few
Method:


1) Wash and chop snake gourd into bite sized pieces. Boil them in water with a pinch of salt for 5 - 6 mins.
2) Meanwhile,  pressure cook Moong Dal (Split Yellow Gram) with less water for 2 whistles. Cool ( You may cook on stove top too, but its not worth the time and precious fuel). Cool.
3) In a pan. Add the oil. Prepare the tempering with mustard, jeera, red chillies, hing an curry leaves.
4) Add the dal and adjust salt. Now add turmeric and the boiled veggies. Simmer for 8-10 mins.
5) Garnish with coriander leaves. Switch off the gas and stir in the lemon juice and serve hot with Rotis / Steamed rice and papad.


Tips:


1) You may use Toor Dal also in place of Moong Dal. But I find using the latter makes you feel light, while Toor Dal might makes this dish a tad heavy. But whichever dal you use, dont masj it up, but try to boil them till they are soft, but not mashy :-)
2) You may also stir fry the veggies rather than boiling them al dente. I use this method sometimes, when I feel I need to use zero oil / very little oil. Feell free to try to both methods.

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15 comments:

  1. I usually make this dal with zucchini. Snake gourd is always reserved for fry :)

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  2. Awesome Kalyani.This I too make often,but with toor dal.lemme try this version of your too next time.

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  3. Yumm, dal curry looks super comforting and delicious..can have this with anything..

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  4. daal must be yum...but i love the story...n the idea of granny feeding under an open sky:)

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  5. I like the story......and the name :-)

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  6. I once made this dal. It was good. I don't bring snake gourd that often and more over, hubby likes plain dal and doesn't like the addition of veggies to it.

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  7. Hummmmm perfect for your theme and thove looks great.

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  8. Lovely combo. Happy to follow you as well

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  9. @ Archana - thanks for dropping by, and nice to know you as well..
    Thanks all othe BMers.. happy to note that my daughter also now uses this name !! Knowledge Transfer !! ha ha :)

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  10. This one is a hit especially with kids!

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  11. yummy dal I love to eat moong dal in various forms

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  12. Being the occasional cook, I am glad I chose your blog for the recipe! The satellite story has me cracking up :-)

    -Earning-for-some-"thuthu"-all-over-again dude

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  13. @ Ganesh - Thanks for dropping by.. Glad you liked the post ! Yes 'thuthu' is something we all crave for ! Do drop by often !

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Kalyani

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