Lauki-Chana Dal Curry/ Ghiya-Chana Dal Dish


Summer is in so as the summer veggies. Bottle gourd or ghiya or dhudhi is one of those. Lauki or bottle gourd is a summer vegetable which is considered to have an easy and cool effect on the stomach or our digestive system I must say! This sounds interesting that most of the summer vegetables are well suited in the harsh and hot season


we prepare several dishes savoury or sweet with this ordinary looking vegetable. Chana dal lauki or called ghiya chana dal in Punjabi households is a simple-rustic curry prepared by adding gourd chunks to chana dal and finally given an onion-tomato tadka. This mildly spiced curry is cooked in a pressure cooker till perfection and goes well with both roti and rice


•  Chana dal (washed and soaked 2 hrs) 1 cup/150 gms

•  Lauki/ghiya/bottle gourd/doodhi – 250 gms (chopped into cubes)

•  Salt – 2 tsp

•  Turmeric/haldi powder – 1 tsp

•  Water – 3-4 cups (water quantity depends on what consistency of the gravy you want)

Ingredients For Tempering/Tadka
•  Ghee – 1 tbsp

•  Finely chopped onions – 1 tbsp

•  Finely chopped tomatoes – 1 tbsp

•  Finely chopped ginger and garlic – 1 tsp each

•  Red chilly powder, coriander powder and garam masala powder- 1 tsp each

•  Finely chopped green chillies – 1 tsp

•  Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

•  Asafoetida/heeng – 1 tsp

•  Fresh coriander leaves for garnish

–  Firstly, Add soaked chana dal, lauki chunks, water, salt and turmeric powder. Close the lid and cook at high flame first,  bringing down to the low and cook for 10 minutes or until 5 whistles come

2-  Switch off the gas and let the cooker cool down completely. Open the lid and mix gently with a ladle.

3-  Time to prepare for Tempering. Take a tadka pan and add ghee. Add cumin seeds followed by heeng powder. Time to add chopped onions

4- Time to add chopped onions, green chilly, ginger, and garlic

5-  Cook onions until they change colour a little bit. Add all the powdered spices and cook for a while.

6- Add chopped tomatoes, and cook them until they get soft.

7-  Add this tadka to the boiled chana dal lauki and mix well. Garnish the dish with fresh coriander leaves and serve with roti or rice

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