Lauki chana dal

I often get super super worked up when I have not planned what to make for lunch. Since we both work and I do all the cooking in the house, I wake up early and finish all of it before the pati is up.

Since I was tired of all the cabbage and cauliflowers, I decided to make mom’s special. Chana Dal with Lauki/Ghiya/bottle gourd.

You shall need:

1 cup… Chana Dal (Soaked in warm water for 1 hour)

1.5 cup… Lauki/bottle gourd pieces (Wash, peel and dice)

1… Big tomato (cut in chunks)

1 tsp… Jeera/Cumin seeds

1 tsp… Rai/mustard seeds

a pinch of hing/asafoetida

1/2 tbsp.. Oil

3/4 cup… Water

1/2 tsp… Haldi/turmeric powder

3-4 … green chillies or red chilly powder as you like


Lemon juice


  • In a pressure cooker, heat the oil.
  • Add the hing, jeera and rai.
  • Once the rai splutters, add the tomato, salt, green chillies/red chilly powder and haldi.
  • Cook it well until the tomatoes soften.
  • Now add the lauki and chana dal (minus the soaking water)
  • Stir them around in the spices.
  • Now add the water and close the lid.
  • Once the first whistle comes, reduce the heat to medium and let it cook for 10 min.
  • Turn off the gas and let the pressure drop.
  • Once it is done, open the lid and add the lemon juice as per taste.
  • Serve hot with roti or bhakri.

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