This dal is prepared during the Summer to keep our body cool,the bottle gourd and bitter gourds added in this dal are cold food according to ancient ayurveda which helps keeping your body cool under scorchy hot sun.
Cut the bitter gourd into medium thick pieces and marinate with turmeric powder and salt for 15 minutes
Wash them and fry them till light brown and tender in 1/4 th cup oil
Boil the dal with bottle gourd and salt till tender and mushy
Add a tbsp of clarified butter or oil in the pan fry mustard seeds till they crackle.
Fry bay leaves and ginger paste
Add the dal with desired water to form thin consistency
Add a tbsp of sugar and let it dissolve
Bring to boil ,add salt and check.It should be little on the sweeter side
Split 2 to 3 green chilies and add to the dal.
Add the fired bitter gourd into the curry.
Take it off from the gas oven and serve immediately with steamed rice