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This recipe tastes good with rice and roti.

2 cups-Red gram/Toor dal
1 cup- bottle guard
1 tsp- Cumin seeds
1 tsp- Mustard seeds
3 tsp- oil
1- Red dried chili
1 pod- Curry leaves
1 pinch- Asafoetida/Hing
1 pinch- Turmeric Powder
To taste- Salt
1/2 tsp- Red chilli Powder
3 cloves-Garlic
4- Green chilies
Lemon sized- Tamarind


  1.  First boil the red gram or toor dal and keep it aside.
  2.  Peel and chop bottle guard, green chillies and keep them aside.
  3.  Soak tamarind in a small cup of water.
  4.  Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, asafoetida, garlic cloves, red dried chilli, curry leaves and green chilli slices.
  5.  Let them pop up. Add bottle guard slices and mix them well.
  6.  Let it cook for 3-5 min. Now add tamarind paste.
  7.  Add boiled red gram/toor dal.
  8.  Mix them and let them cook.
  9.  After 5 min add salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and mix the dal.
  10.  Let them cook for few more min. Put off the flame.
  11.  Garnish it with coriander leaves and green chilli.
  12.  Serve with roti and rice.


  • Add 1 tsp of fenugreek seeds powder in oil during frying the spices. Dal becomes more delicious.
  • Instead of red chilli powder more green chillies can be added for a spicy dal.
  • Onion/potato chips slices can be used for munching while having this with rice or roti.