Heerekayi Thove/Tovve (Ridge Gourd with Lentils)

Thove/Tovve was often made by mom for chapathi and it served two in one purpose. It not only tasted well with chapathis but also made an apt accompaniment for rice also. Tovve can be made with or without vegetables, however if you have only tomato and onions you still can make yummy tovves. Thovve/Tovve is an ultimate comfort food for most of us. There are different ways of making tovve, and I have listed few Tovve's from other bloggers who are from Karnataka. Here is how I did with Ridge Gourd :

Heerekayi Thove/Ridge Gourd with lentils :

Ridge Gourd : 1 small (washed, peeled and chopped into 2" cubes)
Onions : 1 (deskinned and chopped )
Hesarubele/Moongdal : 1 cup
Turmeric : 1 pinch

Pressure cook all the above(4 whistles in a pressure cooker)
Once the pressure comes down, remove the vessel and mix the contents with the back of a spoon.

To finish off making you need :
Tamarind Juice : 2tbsp
Saarina Pudi : 1/2 tbsp (adjust according to your spice levels)
salt
grated fresh/wet coconut : 1 tbsp
chopped coriander leaves : 1tbsp
Tempering : Oil, mustard, curryleaves and red chillies

Do the tampering in vessel you wish to make tovve. Heat oil and add mustard. Once mustard stops crackling add red chillies and curry leaves. Mix and add tamarind juice, saarina pudi, salt and coconut.
Pour in pressure cooked dal mixture and mix well. If you have a mechanical hand mixer, mix the contents and make it into coarse paste. Heerekayi should still retain its shape wile dal gets mashed.
Brin it to boil and check for correctness. Adjust the flavors, garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice.

I made tovve using tamarind and saarina pudi mainly because my main course was rice, if you want to have it with chapathis, I would prefer making in Ruchi's way .


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Few Tovves from fellow K bloggers :

Moongdal Tovve from Ruchi
Hesarubele Tovve from Grihini
HuliTovve from It'slife
Avarekaalu Tovve from It'sLife
Nuggesoppu Tovve from Savi-Ruchi
Thove from Mane Adige
Heerekayi Thovve from Nalapaka

23 comments:

Dibs said...

I love heerkayi and moong with lemon juice!

Smitha said...

Tovve is comfort food for me any day any time!! Herkai tovve andre aha! swarga kke 3 re genu!!

LG said...

@ Smitha,

Same pinch! :D

Indrani said...

Ridge gourd is my hus's fav. will try soon..I have a surprise for u in my blog..visit me soon

Cham said...

I never combined dhal and ridge gourd , as u said it works well with rice and roti , looks lovely :)

Sushma said...

This is a must dish during summers at my mother's place (atleast once a week)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Even I have to try this out some time,i think my MIL used to make it...Looks yummy:)

Purnima said...

Indrani,
Ridge gourd surely looks good! I m bloghopping daily, but my own posts hv taken back seat ...wd post soon..:D Tks for your nice words!

sowmya said...

this is a nice recipe..so nice of you to list out different versions of thove by other bloggers..good job..

rekhas kitchen said...

wow that bowl was so inviting lakshmi

Happy cook said...

I want to have this for lunch today, sad i just can drool here

Anonymous said...

Me thinks that its tempering (tadka) and not tampering...

But a good blog..

LG said...

@ Anonymous
Thanks for correcting the mistake.

DEESHA said...

i love heerekai thovve , but we make a different version minus onions N sambar powder .. shall try this soon

notyet100 said...

this looks healthy....nd yummy...will try once i get ridge gourd here,..

SriLekha said...

looking so nice! really it looks so good!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Definitely fiberous and healthy... Shall check out the others too...

Priya said...

This is new to me, i never prepared ridgegourd with dal..quite interesting n yummy...

Uma said...

this is a delicious combo Lakshmi! looks so good.

ARCHANA said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog lakshmi...you have a very intresting blog with yummy recipes....will b regular on ur blog from now on

TheKeyBunch said...

Next time, herekai tandaga, this is the recipe i am gonna try!

farida said...

something new for me again. sounds and looks delicious!

ibytz said...

I loved this recipe! Thanks for sharing. Have a question: my husband lovessss something crunchy to each with thovve and rice (besides pickles) - do you have any recipe for home made accompaniments (besides potato chips) :) Would love that!