Monday, February 21, 2011

Tetor Dal / Bitter Gourd Lentil Soup

From childhood, I loved the bitter taste of Uchhe as we call in Bengali or Karela/Bitter Gourd. I remember my ma used to make Uchhe and Aloo makha almost every single day, and I used to love it. She sometimes used to make this Tetor Dal ( Bitter Gourd Lentil Soup) which I make often to incorporate this vegetable in our diet. We enjoy this Bengali Dal with plain white rice and Papad on the side.

Ingredients : Tetor Dal/Bitter Gourd Lentil Soup
  • 1 cup Moong Dal
  • 1 medium Uchhe / Bitter Gourd
  • 1/2 inch Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Radhuni / Wild Celery Seed
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder

I use Moong Dal, I think you can even use Masoor Dal/Red Lentils. Dry roast the dal and then boil the dal. Meanwhile cut the Bitter Gourd into thin round slices, season them with salt.

In a wok. heat oil and fry the Bitter Gourd slices for few minutes. Make a paste of the Radhuni spice and the Ginger, add to the fried Bitter Gourd, next add the turmeric and cook for few more minutes. Add the cooked dal, water and mix them well. Adjust the taste with salt and very little sugar.


  1. Very new to me never knew that we can use bitter guard in dal.Should try this differently.

  2. Very Gourmet, lots to learn on your site very lovely, the culture here is unique to me.. just amazing!

  3. Yummy and healthy dal... So good....

  4. My family never like bitter guard, but i like it this green and inside white veg.... but this type dish i see first time, i think is bangoli style right but i'm sure it's tasty, looks great thanks for sharing this, some time i try.....:)

  5. my ma used to make me eat this vegi every summer .. bleh !!! i never liked it :( having said this, you dish is tempting me to give it a try. I bet my Ma will probably think I am possessed :D

  6. Soup looks very healthy. You have made bitter gourd look so inviting.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  7. I have once eaten bitter gourd sambar ..but never tried making it....This is a similar kind of recipe with moong dal.looks delicious.

  8. It looks really good, the only problem I see is that I can't eat bitter gourd :)

  9. New to me, never even got the idea of a soup from bitter guard, should try it, Of course healthy one

  10. Dear Anu and santanu
    I like this! I always cook tito dal with Matar dal..or raw mung dal....but I am going to try roasted Mung dal next time...It will be great ..I can taste it virtually...
    Bhalo theko

  11. First time here...u have nice collection of dishes !!!

    Healthy and Innovative idea of a soup from bitter guard...

    Glad to follow you :)

  12. koto dine pore eir recipe ta dekhlam. delicious!


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