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Thursday, August 04, 2011

Ridgegourd Moongdhal Kuzhambu - a Microwave Recipe

If u get bored with the repetion of Sambar in your Lunch Menu,try this Yellow Moongdal Kuzhambu with
Ridgegourd pieces.This is an easy substitute for Sambar.This can be done in 15 mins microwave-cooking time if u do the Dhal or Lentils separately.U can have it with Rice and any Veg or Non.Veg Stirfry.If u prepare this side-dish semi-dry,then u can have it with Rasam and rice.Try this very tasty preparation at home and enjoy your Meal!.Bon Appetit!.

Ridgegourd Moongdhal Kuzhambu - Ridgegourd pieces cooked with moong dhal and spices


    1/2 Ridge gourd (peerkankai)-peeled and chopped with seeds
    150gm split Yellow Moongdhal-cleaned well
    1 onion -chopped
    1 tomato-chopped
    1 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
    1/2 tsp turmeric powder
    1 tsp asafoetida powder
    2 green chili-slit lengthwise
    9 garlic pearls-peeled
    1 1/2 tsp salt or salt to taste
    3 whole red chillies
    2 tbsp Coconut paste with 1/2 tsp cumin seeds and 1 small onion
    few curry leaves
    few coriander leaves
    3 small onions-peeled and finely chopped
    1/2 tsp mustard seeds
    2 tsp refined oil
    1 tsp ghee
    300ml + 1 cup water


    1.Take a microwave bowl,add 2 tsp refined oil,chopped small onions,mustard seeds, remaining(1/2 tsp)
cumin seeds,whole red chillies and curry leaves.Microwave this on high for 1 min.
    2.Take the bowl out and add cleaned moongdhal,chopped onion,chopped tomato,turmeric powder, Asafoetida powder,green chilli, 1 tsp cumin seeds,few coriander leaves,salt and garlic pearls.
    3.Measure 700 ml water and add it to the bowl.Mix them well and microwave them on high for 20 mins, stirring this once in 20th min.
    4.Then take the bowl out,add ridge gourd pieces and 2 tbsp coconut paste and 1 cup water.
    5.Microwave this on high for 18-20 mins more stirring this once in the 15th min.
    6.Take the bowl out and sprinkle ghee on top and garnish with coriander leaves.
    7.Now this tasty Ridge gourd Moongdhal Kuzhambu is ready to be served with rice or Indian breads or Idli.

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