Lentils with Bottle Gourd (Lauki/ Doodhi Daal)

Here is a really healthy, one pot meal recipe. If you have a pressure cooker, it makes it really easy to cook. You could also use a crock pot for this dish. The combination of the lentils with the lauki makes for a really wholesome dish.



Lentils with Bottle Gourd (Lauki/ Doodhi Daal)

Serves 6-8


2 cups channa daal (yellow split peas)

2 tsp garlic and ginger, chopped

2 small onions, chopped

4 tomatoes, chopped

½ bottle gourd (lauki/ ghiya), peeled and cubed

2 black cardamom pods ( moti elaichi)

1 cinnamon stick (dalchini)

3-4 cloves (laung)

2 tsp turmeric (haldi)

1 tsp cumin seeds ( jeera)

½ tsp asafetida (hing)

1 tsp. coriander powder

Red chili powder to taste

1 bunch cilantro, chopped

Salt to taste

• In a pressure cooker or open pot add the daal with 6 cups of water.

• Add the chopped lauki, cardamom pods, cinnamon, cloves, 1 tsp turmeric powder and salt to taste.

• Cook this until the lentils are soft ( about ½ hour) and set aside.

• In a wok or kadai, heat 2 tbs oil.

• Add the asafetida and jeera.

• Add chopped onions and stir for 5 minutes.

• Add 1 tsp coriander powder, 1 tsp turmeric, chili powder and salt.

• Cook for about a 2 minutes.

• Add the tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes.

• Add this mixture to the cooked lentils.

• Bring the lentils to a boil and slowly simmer for about 10 – 15 minutes.

• Remove from heat, garnish with cilantro and serve hot.

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