Navratri has already begun and our Durga Puja is just around the corner and you must be wondering that why I am sharing this dal recipe!!!!Right?Now let me tell you the reason behind sharing this simple dal recipe.I am on detox(eliminating toxins) diet for a week just to rest my digestive system so that I can eat whatever I want to eat on Dugra puja.And I have been eating a lot of unhealthy foods from few months.So decided to go for a detox diet program.The purpose of the detox plan is to take the load off from the organs and detoxify the body.So I am trying to consume more fruits and veggies and also planned some simple home cooked detox meals(like khichri,stemmed rice,dal and salads).
This dal recipe is part of my detox diet menu and trust me it’s really nutritious. Even though I am not a fan of karela but I just want to incorporate it in some form in my diet.This recipe is not common in our house in fact few months back(when I went to my hometown) I came to know about this dal recipe(from my mother in law).I liked it and learned the recipe from her.So here comes the Uche dal/Bitter dal(or called “Tetor dal” in Bengali)recipe with step by step pictures……..
Note: Squeezing a bit of Gondhoraj Lebu (It’s a famous lime from Bengal which is famous for it’s distinct aroma and often called as Aroma King )makes the dal even more tastier.
Mung/Moong Dal(Split Green gram)- 1 cup
Uche/Karela or Bitter Gourd -1 (cut into round slices)
Panch Phoron*(five-spice mix)-1/2 tsp
Red Chilies -2
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder-1 tsp
Ghee – 1 teaspoon
*Panch phoron consists of fenugreek seed (methi), nigella seed(kalonji/kalo jeera), cumin seed(zeera), black mustard seed(sarso)and fennel seed(Saunf or Souff)) in equal parts.In Bengal, panch phoron is sometimes made with radhuni instead of mustard seed. In the West, where radhuni may be hard to obtain, some cooks substitute the similar-tasting celery seed.