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Chana dal with lauki

Enjoy your daily dose of protein and fiber in this Chana Dal with Lauki recipe. A healthy and comforting meal that perfect for busy weeknights! In addition to that, it's super easy to make, tasty, and can be adapted easily to suit the vegan diet.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 SERVINGS
Calories 205kcal
Author Ruchi

Equipment

Ingredients

BOIL DAL

BOIL BOTTLE GOURD

  • 1 cup Lauki/bottle gourd, chopped
  • 1 cup Water

TADKA/TEMPERING

Instructions

  • Thoroughly wash the chana dal and transfer it into a pressure cooker. Add 1.25 cups of water to it. Add salt along with turmeric powder. Cover the pressure cooker and set on the cooktop at a medium-high flame. Pressure cook the dal for 3 whistles.
  • After the cooking time, take the pressure cooker off the flame. Allow the pressure to release naturally. Set it aside.
  • Time to boil Lauki. Peel and wash lauki/bottle gourd. Cut into cubes.
  • Transfer it to a pressure cooker and cook for 2 whistles.
  • After the cooking time, take the pressure cooker off the flame. Allow the pressure to release naturally. Set it aside.

PREPARE THE TEMPERING/TADKA

  • In a heavy-bottomed pan, heat ghee on a medium flame. Add cumin seeds and as it starts to splutter, add the chopped onions, garlic, and ginger. Saute for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the spices and mix to combine.
  • Cover the pan and cook the tempering on low heat for 2-3 minutes until the ghee starts to leave the pan.
  • Stir in the dal.
  • Mix well to combine.
  • Add boiled lauki/bottle gourd to the lentils. Once added, stir the lentils carefully so that the bottle gourd doesn’t get mushy and disintegrates.
  • Feel free to add an extra 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water to the lentils to match the consistency you like. Do the taste test. Boil for 3-4 minutes and take it off the flame.
  • Enjoy it with hot rotis or serve over rice.

Nutrition

Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 114mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 203IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 2mg