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February 28, 2020

Bengali Tetor Dal Recipe – Korolar Dal / Bitter Gourd Dal Recipe

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Recently when I went to Salem, my MIL gave me few bitter gourds that was grown in our backyard. Usually I make bitter gourd pitlai, poriyal or crispy bitter gourd chips. This time for a change, I tried Bengali style Tetor dal recipe with moong dal and bitter gourd (Korola in Bengali). We can call it as bitter gourd dal in English. When I saw this recipe in YouTube, I felt bitter gourd and dal combo tastes weird as we are adding a bitter vegetable. But to my surprise, it came out really well.

Being a bitter gourd fan, I just loved it. The trick lies in slicing bitter gourd thinly and saute in oil till its cooked. By doing this way, bitter gourd tastes mildly bitter in this recipe. Cooking procedure is simple too. Tastes good when mixed with plain rice adding few drops of ghee. Begun bhaja and aloo posto are the best side dish for this tetor dal. Luckily I have posted both the recipes in my blog already. So please check the links below. My recent love for Bengali vegetarian food is reflected in this dish. Ok friends, do try this Bengali style Tetor dal / bitter gourd dal and share your feedback with me.

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Bengali Tetor Dal Recipe / Bitter gourd moong dal recipe.

Cuisine: Bengali
Category: Side dish
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup = 240ml
  • Moong dal - 1/3 cup
  • Bitter gourd - 1 (slice thinly)
  • Cooking oil or mustard oil - 2 tbsp ( I used refined oil)
  • Salt & water - as needed
To temper
  • Ghee / clarified butter - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Bay leaf - 2
  • Red chilli - 2 (whole)
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Ginger paste – 1 tsp
  1. Wash the moong dal and pressure cook adding enough water. Mash and keep aside.
  2. Wash and chop bitter gourd slices thinly. Heat oil and saute the slices till its completely cooked and shrink in size. Remove in a plate.
  3. Temper mustard seeds, bay leaf, red chilli, grated coconut, half of ginger paste and saute for few minutes.
  4. Add the bitter gourd slices to it and saute well.
  5. Lastly add the cooked moong dal, salt, sugar and required water.
  6. Boil for few minutes. Add the remaining ginger paste and switch off the flame.
  7. Serve with plain rice, begun bhaja or aloo posto !
  • Wash the moong dal and take in a pressure cooker. Add 2 cups of water, a pinch of turmeric powder. Pressure cook in low flame for 2 whistles till dal cooks mushy. Open the cooker after steam is released. Mash and set aside.
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  • Wash and slice the bitter gourd thinly. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a kadai. Saute the thin bitter gourd slices in low to medium flame till its roasted and golden brown in color. Remove in a plate.
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  • Melt ghee in a pan. Temper mustard seeds, 2 bay leaf, 2 whole red chilli and 1/2 tsp of grated ginger / ginger paste. Lastly add grated coconut and saute till it turns golden in color. Switch off the flame.
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  • Add the sautéed bitter gourd slices, required salt, sugar to the cooked dal. Add tempered ingredients too. Add the remaining ginger too. Mix well. Add little water and adjust the consistency.
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  • Boil for few minutes. Switch off the flame. Serve with plain rice adding few drops of ghee. You can serve with begun bhaja or aloo posto as side dish. Enjoy !


  • Make sure you saute and roast the bitter gourd slices.
  • If you want to remove bitterness, soak the bitter gourd in little salted water. Squeeze well and then saute in oil.
  • Some people add 1 cinnamon, 1 clove and cardamom in ghee while tempering. But I din't use it. 

Bengali style tetor dal / bitter gourd dal recipe is ready to enjoy with plain rice.
tetor dal recipe

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1 comment :

Steph said...

Bitter Gourd is an unusual ingredient to be used in a Dal primarily because of the bitter taste. But surprisingly, the recipe did take out that bitterness and it turned out well. Everyone liked it at my home, thanks for sharing.