Bottle gourd recipe - Bottle gourd Dal- Lauki Dal
Bottle gourd is very common in India and many dishes can be prepared with bottle gourd like kofta, halwa , stir fry, kootu etc. It is low in fat and cholesterol and is rich in fibre , it is easy to digest and is effective against constipation. Because of its high water content, it has cooling properties. It is a simple and comforting dish which is also low in calories. This goes well with rice or any Indian bread .Now to the recipe-
Bottle gourd - peel the skin, remove seeds and cut into cubes -4 cups
Tur dal or Split yellow moong dal -1/4 cup
Turmeric Powder - a pinch
Chillie powder -1/4 tsp (optional)
For the seasoning
Ghee or oil - 2 tsp
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds/Jeera seeds -1 tsp
Red chillies -1
Asafoetida/hing - a generous pinch
Green chillies -2 ( finely chopped)
Ginger -1 inch piece ( finely chopped)
Curry leaves - little
Pressure cook dal with turmeric powder till soft.
Cook bottle gourd in water till soft. After it is cooked, add cooked dal , salt and chillie powder. Bring it to boil.
Heat ghee, add mustard seeds, when they splutter, add cumin seeds, asafoetida, red chillie, green chillies, ginger,curry leaves ,saute for a few seconds and add it to the bottle gourd.
Garnish with coriander leaves.
Bottle gourd dal is ready to be served.
For this recipe, you can use either tur dal or moong dal. If you are using moong dal ,then pressure cook both moong dal and bottle gourd together.
If tur dal is used, then you should cook tur dal and bottle gourd separately as tur dal takes longer time to get cooked than bottle gourd.
Soaking dal in warm water for 20 minutes before cooking helps to reduce cooking time and also saves energy.
You might also love my South Indian style Bottle gourd Kootu and my Basic dal recipe
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