Tetor Dal (Yellow Lentil with Bitter Gourd) | How to make Tetor Dal (Yellow Lentil with Bitter Gourd)

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About Tetor Dal (Yellow Lentil with Bitter Gourd)

Teto in Bengali means bitter. This is a traditional Bengali recipe where yellow lentil is cooked with Lauki (bottle gourd) and bitter gourd. Sugar is added to balance the taste. It is specially cooked during summer to keep the body cool.

Tetor Dal (Yellow Lentil with Bitter Gourd) is an aromatic, flavorful and delicious dish which is very much popular in West Bengal. The name itself get juices flowing in your mouth and this dish has a heavenly experience in every bite. When Tetor Dal (Yellow Lentil with Bitter Gourd) is cooked perfectly it can turn into a dish beyond excellence. It is a recipe of delight which no one can resist. You can try this amazing Tetor Dal (Yellow Lentil with Bitter Gourd) at the restaurants and you can also prepare it at your home. People of different region prepare this dish differently according to their own taste. This quick and easy recipe requires only 10 minute for the preparation and 20 minute to cook it perfectly. On the Better Butter website, you can find the recipe of Tetor Dal (Yellow Lentil with Bitter Gourd) by Chitrangada Kundu in step by step with pictures so you can easily learn how to cook the perfect Tetor Dal (Yellow Lentil with Bitter Gourd) at your home without any difficulties. Tetor Dal (Yellow Lentil with Bitter Gourd) is one of the representative dishes of West Bengal which you can serve in any special occasions.

  • Prep Time10mins
  • Cook Time20mins
  • Serves4People
Tetor Dal (Yellow Lentil with Bitter Gourd)

Ingredients to make Tetor Dal (Yellow Lentil with Bitter Gourd)

  • Moong dal/Yellow lentil 1/2cup
  • Bitter gourd 1 medium cut into rounds
  • Bottle gourd (Lau or Lauki) 8-10 large cubes
  • Ginger 1tsp(grated)+1tsp(julienne)
  • Green chilies 2(Optional)
  • Celery seed 1/2tsp
  • Turmeric powder /2tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar to taste
  • Oil 3 tbsp
  • Ghee 2 tsp

How to make Tetor Dal (Yellow Lentil with Bitter Gourd)

  1. Cut the bitter gourd into 1/2cm thick rounds. If the seeds are ripe and hard, discard the seeds.
  2. Peel and wash bottle gourd, and cut into large cubes.
  3. Wash the yellow lentil thoroughly, till the water runs clear. In a pressure cooker put the lentils and cubed bottle gourd and water. Cook on high heat till 2 whistles. Remove from heat. Wait till the pressure releases.
  4. In a pan or kadhai heat 3tbsp of oil and fry the bitter gourd pieces. Add salt and turmeric powder while frying. Take out the fried bitter gourd. Keep aside.
  5. In the same pan add celery seeds or Randhuni. If can't get either of these, use Bengali five spice mix or Paanch Foron.
  6. Add the grated ginger and cook for 1min. Add the boiled lentil and bottle gourd, turmeric powder and water. The amount of water depends on the thickness you want. Add the fried bitter gourd.
  7. As it boils add sugar. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly. Switch off heat add ghee. Serve hot with steamed rice.
My Tip: Randhuni is a lesser known spice. It resembles ajwain in its appearance. Add Randhuni brings a unique taste to the dish. If Randhuni is not available celery seeds can be used. Or else Bengali five spice mix or Panch Foron can be used in place of it.

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