Lauki Chana Dal

Lauki chana dal is a healthy dish that has both a vegetable and a type of lentil.
  • Passive
    2 Hours
  • Prep
    15 minutes
  • Cook
    30 minutes
  • Servings
    6 People


For the main preparation:-
  • 1 medium sized Lauki (Bottle Gourd/ Opo Squash)
  • 1 cup Chana dal (Split Bengal Gram)
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 large Onion (chopped)
  • 2 medium sized Tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 inch Ginger (chopped)
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala
  • 2 tbsp Coriander (chopped)
For the Tadka (Seasoning):-
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 Green chillies (chopped)
  • A Pinch hing (Asafoetida)


  • 1 Wash the Bottle gourd, peel it and cut into 1 inch cubes. Soak chana dal for at least 2 hours.
  • 2 In a pressure cooker, add oil. Fry onions till brown in color. Add tomatoes and cook till soft.
  • 3 Add turmeric and chili powder along with ginger. Sauté for a minute.
  • 4 Add the soaked chana dal and fry for 2 minutes. Add bottle gourd pieces. Mix well. Add 1 cup water and pressure cook on HIGH for one whistle only. Keep aside.
  • 5 Once pressure has been released of pressure cooker, transfer the dal in another pan. Add garam masala. Get it to a boil. Prepare the seasoning:- In a small pan, add oil, add cumin seeds, allow them to crackel. Add chillies and hing. Pour seasoning over dal. Mix well.
  • 6 Garnish with coriander and serve with rotis or as side dish with rice. (See Recipe Notes below)

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