Chana Dal with Lauki – a great combination of lentil and vegetable.Bengal gram dal mixed with boiled bottle gourd makes it a nutritional delight. 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 30-40 or until soft.