This is a very simple and easy curry prepared with bottle gourd and lentils. Though I love cooking, I do not like to slog in the kitchen for hours, so many of my recipes are easy to prepare and takes very less time. This lauki channa dal sabji can be prepared in just 20 minutes. We mostly have rotis for dinner, so I always make a variety of sabjis which is evident from the collection of side dish recipes for chapati in this space. This is one of my favorite lauki curry which I learn't from a friend long time back. As I have added chana dal, it is healthy, filling and protein packed. With whole wheat rotis, it makes a complete meal. Today let us learn how to make lauki chana dal curry (dudhi chana dal curry) following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.
Peel the skin and cut bottle gourd into cubes. Chop onion and tomatoes finely. Slit green chillies.
Wash and soak chana dal (kadalai paruppu) for 2 hours.
In a small cooker or pressure pan, heat oil, add cumin seeds, when it splutters, add hing and red chillies.
Then add chopped onions, green chillies and curry leaves.
Saute until onions turn transparent. Then add ginger garlic paste and saute for a few more minutes.
Add chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, chilli powder, amchur powder, kitchen king masala and salt needed.
Saute for a few seconds, then add chopped bottle gourd, channa dal and mix well.
Add 3/4 cup of water and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker, mix the contents and simmer for 5-6 minutes.You can adjust the consistency of the gravy as preferred.
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with parathas or chapati.
This recipe is pretty simple with full of flavors and goodness.
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