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Lauki aur Chana Dal Recipe|Bottle Gourd and Split Bengal Gram Recipe

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Lauki and Chana dal vegetable i.e Bottle gourd (opo squash) and Split Bengal Gram is a delicious tasting curry that is not too spicy.  This curry is made without onions and garlic, the spices used too is mild.

Bottle Gourd and Bengal Gourd Vegetable

Lauki aur Chana Dal Subzi

You can use tomatoes too to make this bottle gourd and split Bengal gram vegetable but I preferred it with the lemon juice alone.  Next time I will make with both tomatoes and lemon juice.

I had heard a lot about this vegetable but never tried making it as in my place chana dal is not preferred. I will make it next time with moong dal.

This is a common vegetable made in Punjabi homes and I remember eating it at my friend’s place.  I love Punjabi food it’s wholesome and flavourful. Dals are a speciality of Punjabi cooking and are cooked on slow fire for a long time making the dal more flavourful.

The health benefits of Bottle Gourd also known as Lauki you can check out in my Vegetable Spiced Cake Handvo post.

The main ingredients in this dal are bottle gourd, chana dal or split Bengal gram, ginger and ghee.

The other recipes that I have tried using bottle gourd are Doodhi Halwa or Bottle Gourd HalwaBottle Gourd and Ridge Gourd Soup, Lauki aur Turai Ka Soup,  Vegetable Spiced Cake Handvo, Paneer, Bottle Gourd and Mint Parathas-Working Lunch ThaliPaneer, Bottle Gourd and Mint Parathas-Working Lunch Thali.

Chana Dal or Split Bengal gram I do not use as much but still here are a few that I have made Hayagreeva | Hayagriva |Hayagreeva MaddiAmbe Dal, a Salad~Padwa Special, Dhokar Dalna for North-South Challenge,  Masala Vada/ Chana Dal Vada/ Chattambade, Chana Dal Khichidi.

This recipe is adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor’s Kitchen Secrets, Main Dishes.

Lauki Chana Dal

A delicious curry made Lauki and Chana dal that uses no onion and garlic.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Accompaniments, Healthy Foods, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian, Punjabi Cuisine
Keyword: Bottle Gourd and Split Bengal Gram Recipe, Indian Curry, Lauki aur Chana Dal Recipe, No garlic Curry, No onion Curry
Servings: 5 people


  • 1 small lauki/doodhi /bottle gourd cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup chana dal /split bengal gram soaked for 1 hou
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1/2 tsp Haldi/turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli powder
  • 2 tsp dhania/ coriander powder
  • 2 green chilli chopped
  • 1/2 inch Ginger piece opped
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1/2 tsp Jeera/cumin seeds
  • asafoetida a pinch
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 2 tsp Lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Dhania/ Coriander Leaves chopped


  • In a deep pan chana dal, bottle gourd, ginger, salt, chilli powder, coriander powder, green chillies and turmeric powder and bring to boil with 2-3 cups of water.
  • Reduce heat and cook covered till the gram is soft and the bottle gourd is cooked. This will take about 20-25 minutes.
  • Mash with the ladle slightly and set aside.
  • Heat ghee in a non-stick pan add cumin seeds, asafoetida and let seeds crackle.
  • Add the dal mixture and simmer stirring for about 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add the lemon juice.
  • Serve hot garnished with coriander sprigs.


In place of lemon juice you can use 2 tomatoes. Cook it in the ghee and jeera/cumin tempering till mushy then add the dal mixture. But the lemon gives it a lovely flavour.
You can cook the dal and bottle gourd in a pressure cooker for 2-3 whistles. I tried it but preferred the stove top cooked.

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15 thoughts

  • September 11, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    We mostly make such side dishes for rotis, so easy and healthy too right..

  • Sapana
    September 11, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    This is a staple at our house. Looks so comforting.

  • September 11, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Yes you are right , this curry is cooked regularly in Punjabi homes , even our house Chana dal is not preferred but I still make as it is one of the most delicious daals . I like this sabzi , comfort food .

  • September 11, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Simple yet healthy. Love this vegetable and dal based sides for our daily food. Great share.

  • September 11, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Can happily have this curry with some rice and papads, delicious and nutritious sabzi.

  • September 11, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    That is a sumptuous curry for both rice and roti. Good way to get kiddos to eat lauki.

  • September 11, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    A regular sabji at my home, especially when during the hot season its difficult to get green veggies. We then have to rely on laukis and ridge gourd to make innovative sabjis.
    Archana, I’m sure you didn’t mean one inch lauki 😉

    • ArchanaPotdar
      September 22, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks corrected it. It is 1 small lauki cut in 1 inch cubes.

  • September 12, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    This would make a perfect side for rotis. Even we don’t prefer channa dal, so I always use moong or toor in its place. The combination of lauki and dal sounds so interesting..

  • September 12, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    This dal served with white rice and ghee with papad on the side would be heavenly!

  • September 16, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Such a simple recipe but so delicious right!!

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  • September 28, 2017 at 8:07 am

    I generally make such semi-gravy type side dishes for chapathis. Easy to make na…

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