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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.


Serving: 0g | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg