Lauki Chana Dal
A delicious curry made Lauki and Chana dal that uses no onion and garlic.
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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