Ridge Gourd

Ridge gourd Masoor Dal
Ridge gourd Peel Chutney

Ridge gourd is rich in enzyme catalyse so here’s few way of using it . Ridge gourd dal is easy to make in instant pot. I used Masoor dal but you can use any dal. You can also use yellow split pea. But if you are at Indian store trying to buy ridge gourd then might as well buy dal.

Ridge gourd peel yes peel also is edible. Generally ppl seem to remove some hard peel and then make curry out of it separately or make chutney. So I made chutney . And used it as a spread on sandwich .

Chutneys are good to eat in stead of all those sugar, salt rich sauces , ketchup.


Oat Idli & Sambhar

Meal rich in fiber. Oat has good fiber.

Sambhar has vegetables so good nutrition and fiber.

People still don’t eat enough vegetables. With so much info available now a days , one would think ppl eat enough vegetables.

Find ways to add vegetables in a meal and over cooked vegetables don’t count.


Cranberry Dal

Cranberries are very sour , aren’t they? So it’s ideal use will be where you need sourness. But they are used with so much sugar .

We use some sourness like lemon, tomato , tamarind in Dal so cranberry goes very well here .

How do you use cranberry?


Dalma From Odisha

Basically Dalma is dal with vegetables is what I learned from watching few you tube videos. Good 1 pot meal and Dalma is little mild on spices .

I did make fresh spice mixture for it.

  • Used tuvar dal plus little mung dal. Boil dal with little turmeric powder , ginger .
  • Vegetables what I had – eggplant , potato , carrot, drumstick, tomatoes. Pumpkin will taste good if you have it.
  • Vegetables are cut in big chunks to retain shape .
  • I cooked dal first in instant pot and then added vegetables and cooked 5 more minutes.
  • Season with ghee, cumin seeds, red chili.
  • Dry Roasted red chilies, cinnamon, black pepper and cumin seeds. Make a powder and use this like garam masala .
  • Remember to add salt.
  • Since I never had Dalma , don’t know what it taste like but am sure one day I will have opportunity to taste authentic Dalma.
  • With all vegetables, it’s a very filling meal.
  • If you are fond of different kind of dals , try it.
  • Enjoy!

Rajasthani Dal Bati

Do you know Indian “makhaniya” biscuit that we dunk in tea? Bati reminded me of it. Here you dunk it in dal. I have never tasted dal bati and this is the first time I made it so I don’t have anything to compare which is good.

Here’s the recipe I followed:


Dal – I liked it since I love dal anyways and this dal was very simple to make. No sauté of onion , tomatoes which is a big plus . You can make in insta pot. Also this dal can be enjoyed with roti or any crusty wholesome bread like focaccia bread.

Bati- I used coconut oil instead of ghee. It’s made of whole wheat flour and really simple to make.

Overall, it’s an easy meal to make.