Wash the rice and tur dal well. Cook them both together in 3 cups of water along with bay leaf, cinnamon stick and peppercorns in a rice cooker.Once done, give it a good mix to separate the grains.
In a pan, add the ghee.
Once it has melted. temper the cumin and mustard seeds. Then fry the garlic and ginger paste.
Add the onions and saute it for a minute or two.
Add the tomatoes and salt. Cook it for another minute till they are done.
It's time to add the tondli and Homemade Garam Masala. Saute them for 4-5 minutes.
The tondli needs to well cooked and become soft. Now add the cooked rice and dal to it. Mix it all well.
Check salt and add if necessary. Sprinkle cilantro before serving. Serve this Tondli/Ivy Gourd Rice hot with Roasted Garlic & Tomato Raita or Minty Cucumber Raita.