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Bottlegourd Dal (Gardudde Ambat)

A classic Konkani dal with bottle gourd and dal cooked in coconut base.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 4 -5


  • 2 cups peeled and chopped bottle gourd lauki or gardudde
  • 1/2 cup fresh/grated coconut
  • 1 cup toor dal
  • A pinch turmeric
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 1 tea spn coriander seeds
  • 4-5 red chillies
  • Oil
  • 1 tea spn tamarind extract or 2-3 pieces of tamarind
  • Salt


  • Cook toor dal with bottle gourd pieces, 1/4 cup onion and pinch turmeric - for 3-4 whistles.
  • Heat a little oil and fry coriander seeds.
  • Grind them with coconut, red chillies and tamarind to a smooth paste.
  • Add the paste and salt to the dal.
  • Add water to make it to required consistency.
  • Cook till it starts boiling. Continue cooking for few more minutes. Take off heat.
  • Heat oil separately and fry remaining onions till they turn slightly brownish.
  • Pour the fried onions over the dal.
  • Serve hot with rice.