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lauki chana dal
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Lauki chana -Bottle gourd curry cooked with lentils

Lauki channa dal is an easy way of having veggies and lentils together.Wholesome dish,
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: bottle gourd curry with lentils, lauki chana dal, lauki channa dal
Servings: 4


For pressure cooking:

  • ¼ cup Channa dal/Bengal gram soaked for 10 minutes in hot water
  • 1 -½ cup Lauki ghia/bottle gourd (cut into ½ inch cubes)
  • Pinch of turmeric powder
  • ½ cup Water

For tomato gravy:

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • Pinch of Asafoetida Heeng(Optional, avoid if gluten-free)
  • 2 Green chilies chopped finely
  • ¾ cup/1 medium tomato
  • Small piece finely chopped ginger/adrak
  • Pinch of Turmeric powder/haldi
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder/lal mirch
  • ½ tsp cumin powder/jeera
  • ¼ tsp Garam masala
  • Garnish: Cilantro leaves finely chopped
  • Salt as per taste


  • Heat the oil in a saucepan.
  • Add the cumin seeds and let it crackle.Add asafoetida and green chilies. Stir for a few seconds.
  • Add ginger, turmeric, and chili powder and stir for a few seconds.
  • Add the soaked bengal gram, bottle gourd, salt, and one cup of water (adjust as needed to desired gravy thickness; bottle guard varies in moisture content).
  • Pressure cook it until soft for about fifteen minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and add the dried mango powder, garam masala, and cilantro.
  • Stir and cover the pan for a few minutes before serving with flat bread or brown rice.