|"Lauki Chane ke Dal"|
"Lauki Chane ke Dal" is one of our all time family favorite. Its a healthy and wholesome dish with the benefits of vegetables as well as lentils.
Chana Dal / Bengal gram dal - 1 cup
Lauki / Bottlegourd - 1 medium (400 grams)
Onion, chopped - 1 medium
Ginger, chopped - 1 tablespoon
Garlic, chopped - 1 tablespoon
Tomato, chopped - 1 medium
Green Chillies, roughly chopped - 2
Green coriander leaves, chopped - 2 tablespoon
Bay leaf - 1
Green Cardamom - 2-3 pods
Cloves - 4-5 pcs
Black Pepper corns- 8-10
Cinnamon Stick - 1 inch
Turmeric Powder - 3/4 th teaspoon
Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder - 1 tablespoon
Asafoetida - a pinch
Garam Masala Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Cumin Seeds - 1 teaspoon
Whole Red chillies - 2
Slat - to taste
Oil - 3 tablespoon
Clean, wash and soak chana dal for 2-3 hours.
Peal and cut the lauki into cubes.
Heat 2 tablespoon of oil in a pressure cooker and add the bay leaves, green cardamom, cloves, black pepper corns and cinnamon stick, once the spices start releasing the aroma add the chopped onions and fry for 2-4 minutes until golden brown.
Add the chopped lauki and mix well and fry for a minute or two, Add all the powdered spices, fry for 3-4 minutes, add the tomatoes, chopped ginger, green chillies and garlic, fry until the oil starts leaving the sides.
Add 3 and a half cups of water and bring it to a boil, add the soaked chana dal and salt. Let it come to a boil, close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook for 3-4 whistles.
Carefully open the lid once all the steam has escaped add the garam masala powder and fresh green coriander and mix well.