Chana Dal with Lauki

chana dal with lauki

Chana Dal with Lauki – a great combination of lentil and vegetable.Bengal gram dal mixed with boiled bottle gourd makes it a nutritional delight.Β Bottle gourd also referred as lauki, dudhi or gheeya has medicinal properties. Due to its high fiber content lauki helps cure acidity, indigestion and constipation. Chana dal is good for diabetic patients because it has a low glycemic index and is rich in protein – 25.4 grams of protein. Source – whfoods.com.

Its a common dal which is prepared in nearly every Indian household. Being so rich in its nutritional content, I try to include this dal in my meal plan every other week. To make it more appealing for your kids you can mash the boiled lauki and mix it in the dal. Believe me once they taste it, their taste buds will crave for more. Adding garam masala is an option, though it adds extra spiciness to this recipe.

If cooking without a pressure cooker then you need to soak the dal for 3-4 hours and then boil it in a pan for 30-40 minutes or until soft. Same way in a covered pan boil cubed bottle gourd/lauki for 30-40Β or until soft.

Do try out our other chana dal recipes – CHANA DAL PULAO, DAL MAKHANI, BATI DAL.

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Chana dal with lauki
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A great combination of lentil and vegetable make this dal a nutritional delight.
Servings Prep Time
4 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Chana dal with lauki
Votes: 11
Rating: 4.82
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
A great combination of lentil and vegetable make this dal a nutritional delight.
Servings Prep Time
4 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup Chana dal
  • 1 cup Lauki/bottle gourd, chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 medium Tomato, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic, chopped (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder (optional)
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon Coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Chopped cilantro leaves
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METHOD
  1. Let's prepare our ingredients.
  2. Wash and clean chana dal. In a pressure add washed dal along with salt and turmeric powder and enough water to cover the dal. Pressure cook it till 3 whistles.
  3. Boiled chana dal.
  4. Peel lauki/bottle gourd and cut into cubes.
  5. Transfer it to a pressure cooker and cook for 2 whistles.
  6. Prepare the tadka by adding ghee to a pan. Add cumin seeds, chopped onions and saute for 1-2 minutes. Add tomatoes along with spices and mix. Cover the pan and lower the flame.
  7. Cook for 2-3 minutes on a low flame till the tadka becomes all mushy and looks like this- all blended.
  8. Stir in the dal.
  9. Mix...
  10. And bring it to a boil till the dal blends in with the tadka.
  11. Add boiled lauki/bottle gourd and stir in carefully. As required add water to the cooked dal - use up water from boiled lauki/bottle gourd.
  12. Bring it to a boil. Adjust your seasonings and garnish it with cilantro leaves and serve.
  13. Enjoy it with hot rotis or serve over rice.
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32 Responses

  1. Catie says:

    I appreciate you for sharing that wonderful written content on your site. This recipe is truly very delicious. Came out really nice.
    I will be likely to check back again as soon as you publish even more recipes.

  2. Nawal says:

    You are my inspiration!! Totally admire your approach towards explaining recipes. Excellent recipe tried many times without fail.Thanks and looking for more.

  3. Viranda says:

    One of your very very best recipes. Have made it many many times and all my family loved it. Healthy and a total dose of nutrition. Thanks for sharing your culinary skills with us!

  4. Anu says:

    Yum and fab dish! My family loved it. Adding lauki was a great concept of bringing health and nutrition in a dish. Loved it!!

  5. Sudha says:

    Please add more dals. Dals are a staple in my house and everyone whats a change. Your way of cooking is different and very yummy. Tried this one and its everyones favorite in my house. Healthy and simple dal. Requesting you to post some day to day simple dal recipes.

    • RK says:

      Thanks for trying out the recipe, Sudha! Have noted down your request and will be working on it. In the meanwhile search “DAL” in the search menu and you will find some more on the blog.

  6. Kashish says:

    Wondered why this recipe received so many comments. Tried this yesterday! And now I am in the line to leave a comment, very lovely recipe. Great ingredients and yummy results. Will make it more often. Thanks Ruchi

    • RK says:

      You are welcome Kashish and can’t stop laughing at your lovely comment. Thanks dear, glad you liked the recipe πŸ™‚

  7. Pallavi says:

    Hello Ruchi,
    First of all I love your recipes all the time and refer them for my cooking! I am not a great cook myself and it feels great with website like yours which can NAVIGATE me through each step whether be breakfast ,lunch and dinner. Explained to the point, no step missed better than video tutorial and are displayed and plated so well. Tried this recipe last weekend and it was so yummy that my husband and MIL liked it and have asked me to make it more often. I have also tried your Paneer tikka on oven and Palak paneer recipe and many more and they all turn out so beautifully. All I have to do is adjust spices and oil content. You add way to less oil in your recipes.

    Regards,
    Pallavi from Britian

    • RK says:

      Thanks you for such a wonderful feedback Pallavi. It’s always a pleasure to hear back from lovely people like you. Thanks for sharing your experience with me and I glad that you and your family liked the recipe. Yes, I prefer to keep ghee/oil on a lower end, unless the recipe demands πŸ™‚

  8. Suzie says:

    Loved it!.. My Mom made this the last time we were there and I really enjoyed it! Having found the recipe on your website with hands on steps, I decided to try to make it too. I must say yours was far better and adding lauki made it even more delicious and nutritious. PHENOMENAL!!! Thank you, Ruchi, for such a wonderful, tasty and above all, EASY recipe!

  9. Neelima says:

    There’s one word to describe this dish: EXTRAORDINARY DELICIOUS!!! Thank you, Ruchi, for a wonderful, tasty and above all, EASY recipe! The chana dal had a very nice texture and boiled lauki, tomatoes and cilantro gave the dish a very fresh flavor. Loved it and will be making it again.

    • RK says:

      You are welcome Neelima! Glad you liked it!! Thanks for stopping by and keep visiting back for more πŸ™‚

  10. Diya says:

    Made this, so yummy and so tasty recipe. Your recipes have saved my dying kitchen and my tasteless cooking. Now I look and cook with confidence. Bless you for what you do. Thanks from Diya πŸ™‚

    • RK says:

      So sweet of you Diya!! I am glad you liked the recipe. Stay connected and keep visiting back for more πŸ™‚

  11. Smriti says:

    This recipe is very good. My family loved it. Your recipe design is very user- friendly and pictures are worth a visit. pictures are like grab the bowl and walk away. Keep up the hard work.

    Smriti

  12. Shelja says:

    Hello Ruchi,

    You came back with a bang. For the last so many years I have been making your recipes and undoubtedly all a hit. But now its more clear and well explained. Loved your chana dal with lauki. so yummy my whole family was in awe of this dish. Post some more. Also you mentioned about some meal plans you do for your family. Do you provide this service. If you do, count me in. Again congrats on the fresh and successful new look.

    Your long time follower.
    Shelja from Germany

    • RK says:

      Thanks Shelja for such a wonderful comment. From the bottom of my heart I thank you for being my follower for so long. As of now I haven’t thought of doing meal planning but the thoughts are in the pipeline and will come up with something in the near future. Will surely keep you posted πŸ™‚

  13. Barkha says:

    Excellent recipe and excellent use of lauki. Please post some more dals. Website with a personal touch Thanks Ruchi.

  14. Leenika says:

    This recipe is so good. Made it for my family and they liked the combo. Thanks your explanations are lengthy but you cover every tiny aspect of your recipe. That’s what I like about your recipes. Thanks and keep up the hard work. Regards, Leenika

  15. Leena says:

    What a healthy combination? Looks yummy will surely give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Sathya @Mykitchenodyssey says:

    This simple dal would make our meal really delicious.Fantastic clicks

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