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"Mane Adige" means "Home Food" in kannada and this blog is all about recipes that I cook. Most of the recipes I post here will be from "Mangalooru" and "Bengalooru " regions of Karnataka,India. Rest of them are the one's which I try out by improvising the recipes got from different sources.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Thovve/ Kattu Saaru/ Daal Tadka

Thovve (also known as Kattu Saaru) comes right on top of the comfort foods list in Karnataka. Thovve is like a must, during all festivities and is served at the beginning in every festive meal. Its very simple dish and takes very few ingredients that are usually available in any Indian pantry. While I prefer to make my thovve with toor daal (thogari bele, in Kannada), some people also use moong daal (hesaru bele). The thickness or the consistency of the thovve depends on personal choice. I am posting this on the request from one of my readers.... I hope you like it!


1 cup Toor dal or Moong Dal

2-3 Green chilies

1-2 Dry red chilies

4-5 curry leaves

1/2 tsp Sugar

1/2 - 3/4 tsp Ginger, grated/finely chopped

1 tsp Lemon juice

1-2 tsp oil

1/2 tsp each of Mustard & Jeera seeds

2-3 strands Cilantro

A pinch of Hing

Salt as per taste


  1. Wash dal in cold water a couple of times;Add about 2 cups of water and the slit green chilies to the dal and pressure cook until completely done; I like my dal mashed completely, and it takes about 3 whistles on medium heat in my cooker.
  2. Add the chopped/grated ginger, salt and sugar to the dal and boil well on stove; Add water to get the desired consistency.
  3. Heat oil in a small pan and temper with mustard, jeera, hing, red chilies and curry leaves; Add to thovve.
  4. Add lemon juice, chopped cilantro and mix well just before serving; Serve hot with rice/ rotis and enjoi!

Prep Time: About 30-35 mins

Serves: About 2-3 people


Seena said...

Well, I make this with both dals, love the thicker version.. :) photo looks nice! :)

Unknown said...

looks delicious..nice pic:)

amna said...

i like daal nice and thick, just the way you have made it :)

KayKat said...

I love such daals - where the lentils speak for themselves with nothing else overwhelming the flavour.

Raks said...

Looks very nice Ramya!

Sia said...

one of the best konkani dishes ever :)

EC said...

Truly a comfort food...I love dals

SMN said...

Hey Ramya,

this is my all time fav and i love it with plain rice and ghee..

Ramya Kiran said...

hey i love thovve and the way i do it is exactly ur way..wow thats cool.:)hope u had a good eastre ramya.i have recovered from my flu now and back to eating spicy food..tk care.

Richa said...

true comfort food indeed!

Laavanya said...

This is the kind of dhal that my husband adores.

musical said...

Really yummy looking thovve! One can drink up the whole bowl :).

Pelicano said...

Hi...I was looking down your posts and found this one. Is this similar to daalithoy? This is one of my own regular dishes at home that I absolutely love with hot rice...will give your recipe a try fairly soon.

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Thanx so much!

oh yes... this is very similar to dalitoy. In fact, its almost the same! certain ingredients like ginger and hing are personal choices...

Lakshmi said...

Thovve looks nice Ramya. I wanted to tell you that I have tagged you. Past 2 days I was bit busy. If you have already done it, then just let it go. Btw, I clicked thovve photo last week, yet to blog it.

Sundries said...

Tried this recipe which came out very well. Thanks for your blog I am now closer to eating Bangalore dishes.