HesaruBele Tovve (Moong Dal ki Dal) got to be a typical Karnataka dish. Hesaru Bele also known as Split green gram or Moong Dal is cooked along with onions, tomatoes and coconut. This gravy type side dish is best served along with Chapathi's or Akki Rotti.
HesaruBele/Split GreenGram/Moong dal: 1 cup
Onions: 1 small one, finely chopped
Tomatoes: 1 small one, cubed.
Ginger: A small piece finely chopped
Grated Coconut: about 1/2 a cup
Salt as per taste
Oil: about 4-5 teaspoons
Mustard seeds, Jeera, Channa dal, Red Chillies 1-2, Turmeric Powder: a pinch of it.
Dry Roast the hesarubele till it turns light brown. Wash it with water and drain and keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan, season it with the above ingredients in the order mentioned.
Add in onions, crushed ginger and curry leaves.
Mix in the hesarubele and pour about 3 cups of water. Close the lid of the pan and let the Bele cook. It takes 10-15 mins on medium high heat.
Add salt when the tovve is half-cooked. Continue. Add water if you feel it requires more to cook.
Just before you can turn off the heat, add in the tomatoes and grated coconut. Cook for a minute.
Garnish with coriander leaves before serving. Tovve can be served hot or cold.
Cooking time: 25 mins. Serves: 3-4 people.