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Chana Dal Lauki

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Laucki chana dal is a healthy main dish and has both vegetable and lentil making a wholesome meal.
  Bottle gourd 1 Medium (Lauki, Ghiya, Doodhi)
  Split yellow gram 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Chana Dal)
  Oil 2 Tablespoon
  Cumin seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon (Jeera)
  Asafoetida 1 Pinch (Hing)
  Whole red chilies 2
  Shredded ginger 1 Teaspoon (Adrak)
  Turmeric powder 1⁄4 Teaspoon (Haldi)
  Red chili powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon (Adjust To Taste)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon (Adjust To Taste)
  Garam masala 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Mango powder 1 Teaspoon (Amchoor, Adjust To Taste)
  Finely chopped cilantro 2 Tablespoon (Hara Dhania)
  Water 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Adjust As Needed)

Wash and soak chana dal for 1 hour or more.
Peel, wash and cut bottle gourd into ½ inch cubes.
Heat the oil in a saucepan. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil; if seed cracks right away oil is ready.
Add the cumin seeds as they crack add asafetida, and whole red chilies stir for few seconds.
Next add ginger, turmeric, and chili powder and stir for few seconds.
Add gram (chana dal), bottle gourd, salt and 1cup of water. Water can be adjusted as needed as some time bottle guard will have more or less moisture and depends how much gravy one prefers.
Cook till gram dal (chana dal) gets soft.
Turn off the heat and add mango powder, garam masala, and cilantro. Stir and cover the pan for few minutes before serving.
Serve with roti or paratha or with plain rice.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Vegan, Vegetarian
Bottle Gourd, Vegetable
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
30 Minutes
Indian Yellow Lentil And Bottle Gourd Curry
Want a vegan wholesome dish that has both vegetables and protein? Well, watch this video where chef Manjula is making Chana dal lauki, its yellow lentil and bottle gourd curry. She makes it little spicy with some whole and powdered spices. Bottle gourds are slightly bland to taste so this is a very good way of converting bottle gourd into something very tasty.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 181 Calories from Fat 73

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 8 g12.7%

Saturated Fat 1 g5.2%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 277.9 mg11.6%

Total Carbohydrates 22 g7.3%

Dietary Fiber 5.9 g23.6%

Sugars 2.9 g

Protein 7 g13.8%

Vitamin A 13.6% Vitamin C 49.5%

Calcium 8.2% Iron 11.3%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Chana Dal Lauki Recipe Video, Indian Yellow Lentil And Bottle Gourd Curry