Ma er Tetor Dal ~ Dal with Bitter Gourd

Titar dal (Lentils with bitter gourd)

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.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Bengali, Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 3 person
Author indrani


  • 1 cup yellow moong dal yellow split lentils
  • 1 bitter gourd
  • 1 cup Bottle gourd cubed into big pieces
  • 1 tbsp Mustard seeds
  • 2 to 4 Bay leaves
  • 2 to 4 Red chillies
  • 1 tsp ginger grated
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • A pinch Turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp Clarified butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil


  1. Cut the bitter gourd into medium thick pieces and marinate with turmeric powder and salt for 15 minutes

  2. Wash them and fry them till light brown and tender in 1/4 th cup oil

  3. Boil the dal with bottle gourd and salt till tender and mushy

  4. Add a tbsp of clarified butter or oil in the pan fry mustard seeds till they crackle.

  5. Fry bay leaves and ginger paste

  6. Add the dal with desired water to form thin consistency

  7. Add a tbsp of sugar and let it dissolve

  8. Bring to boil ,add salt and check.It should be little on the sweeter side

  9. Split 2 to 3 green chilies and add to the dal.

  10. Add the fired bitter gourd into the curry.

  11. Take it off from the gas oven and serve immediately with steamed rice

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