Bottle Gourd with Split Bengal Gram Curry/ Chana Dal Lauki

Bottle Gourd with Split Bengal Gram Curry/ Chana Dal Lauki

I was never familiar with the combination of Bottle Gourd and Split Bengal Gram when I lived down South.  Until I found out this combination after I moved to Gujarat, I used to hate Bottle Gourd. But now I’m so much in love with Bottle Gourd that I cook this dish almost every week. Bottle Gourd and Split Bengal Gram are made for each other. I’ve cooked this curry using a pressure cooker because it gets done in a jiffy. However you can cook it in a heavy based pan with the lid covered on low to medium heat. Make sure you cook until the gram turns soft but not mushy. Here’s the recipe.

Bottle Gourd with Split Bengal Gram Curry/ Chana Dal Lauki

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup Split Bengal Gram (Chana Dal) washed and soaked in water for an hour
  • 1 ½ cup diced Bottle Gourd (Lauki)
  • 2 inch piece Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. Oil
  • 1 tsp. Cumin Seeds
  • ½ tbsp. Clarified Butter
  • 1 tbsp. finely Chopped Garlic
  • 1 tbsp. Finely Chopped Green Chili
  • ¼ cup finely chopped Onion
  • ¼ cup finely chopped Tomato
  • 1 tbsp. finely chopped Coriander Leaves
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1 tsp. Red Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp. Garam Masala Powder
  • ½ tsp. Cumin Powder
  • ½ tsp. Coriander Seeds Powder
  • 1 tsp. Ginger Garlic Paste

Method:

  • In a Pressure Cooker, heat 1 tbsp. Oil.
  • Add Cinnamon Stick and Cumin Seeds and allow it to crackle.
  • Now add the Green Chili and Ginger Garlic Paste and sauté for half a minute.
  • Add the Onion and cook until Golden Brown.
  • Now add the Bottle Gourd and Tomatoes and mix well.
  • Drain water from the soaked Split Bengal Gram and add the Bengal gram into the Pressure Cooker.
  • Add Salt, Turmeric Powder, Red Chili Powder, Cumin Powder, Coriander Powder and Garam Masala Powder.
  • Now add 2 cups water and Pressure cook until 4 whistles.
  • Open the Pressure Cooker once the pressure is released.
  • In another pan heat the Clarified butter.
  • Add Garlic and fry until Golden Brown and then add it into the Curry and mix well.
  • Sprinkle chopped Coriander Leaves on top.

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