Lauki Chana Dal

Lauki Chana Dal / Dudhi Chana Ni Dal with step-by-step pictures and detailed recipes.  Lauki Chana Dal is a Punjabi style Lentil curry with a vegetable that pairs perfectly with roti, poori, and rice. This is a popular lentil dish that is so humble yet delicious. Moreover, this lauki chana dal is also versatile.

Gujarati Version

Dudhi Chana Ni Dal is also prepared a lot in Gujarati homes. However, it can be made slightly different in all the homes. Some add onion and garlic, Jain people avoid adding that. Whereas, few of them add jaggery or slight sugar in this dal. Moreover, the recipe is similar, its just about preferences. Also, check Dal Tadka, Restaurant Style for lentil recipes.

If you like lauki then you must try these 2 recipes, Lauki Halwa and Lauki Ki Kheer

close up view of cooked lauki chana dal served in a steel bowlStep-By-Step Recipe of Lauki Chana Dal

Ingredients:
This recipe will serve 4
1 cup Chana Dal
250 grams bottle gourd/lauki/doodhi
1 medium-size finely chopped Onion
1 big size finely chopped tomato
2  green chilies
1 tsp minced garlic
4-5 curry leaves
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder
2 tsp Coriander-cumin powder/dhania-jeera powder
1 tsp garam masala
1tsp cumin seeds/jeera
salt to taste
1 tsp Hing/asafoetida
1 tbsp ghee or cooking oil
A handful of finely chopped coriander leaves

Method:

1. Firstly, wash chana dal with water and soak it in water for 30 minutes.

washed and soaked chana dal for lauki chana dal, recipe of lauki chana dal

2. Dice Lauki/doodhi/bottle gourd into small chunks and wash it.

lauki or bottle gourd cut into small chunks and mixed with chana dal to boil in a pressure pan, how to make lauki chana dal at home

3. Now mix soaked chana dal and lauki chunks, add turmeric powder, salt, 2 cups water and boil it in a pressure pan for 3-4 whistles.

adding 2 cups of water to the lauki and chana dal before boiling in to a pressure pan, how to make lauki chana dal at home

4. Keep finely chopped onion, tomato, garlic, and green chili ready on a plate.

5. Heat oil in a pan and first add cumin seeds, once you hear a crackling sound, add curry leaves, hing, garlic, and chili and stir well for 30 seconds.

6. Now add onion and cook well for 2 minutes till they are brown, later add tomatoes and stir for another minute till tomatoes are mushy.

7. Meanwhile, let the steam of the pressure pan evaporate and open the whistle.

8. Time to add all the spices in the onion-tomato paste, and cook well till spices are blended properly.

9. Finally, add boiled lauki chana dal in the above gravy and let it cook on a medium flame for 5 more minutes till the water becomes less and the gravy thickens.

sauteeing chopped onions, tomatoes, garlic, green chili, curry leaves along with spices like turmeric powder, coriander powder and red chili powder

Important points 

  • There are 2 ways of making this, 1st way is the one that I have shown. 2nd one is you can cook everything together in a pressure pan and give the tadka in the last stage.
  • If you want to make it Jain, avoid using onion and garlic.
  • Make it more or less spicy by adding chilies as per your taste.
close up photo of lauki chana dal garnished with finely chopped coriander leaves, ready to be served

Lauki Chana Dal | Dudhi Chana Dal

Hetal Kamdar
Lauki Chana Dal / Dudhi Chana Ni Dal with step-by-step pictures and detailed recipes.  Lauki Chana Dal is a Punjabi style Lentil curry with a vegetable that pairs perfectly with roti, poori, and rice.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dal, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 234 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 cup Chana Dal
  • 250 grams bottle gourd/lauki/doodhi
  • 1 medium-size finely chopped Onion
  • 1 big size finely chopped tomato
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 2 tsp Coriander-cumin powder/dhania-jeera powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Hing/asafoetida
  • 1 tbsp ghee or cooking oil
  • A handful of finely chopped coriander leaves

Instructions
 

  • Firstly, wash chana dal with water and soak it in water for 30 minutes.
  • Dice Lauki/doodhi/bottle gourd into small chunks and wash it.
  • Now mix soaked chana dal and lauki chunks, add turmeric powder, salt, 2 cups water and boil it in a pressure pan for 3-4 whistles.
  • Keep finely chopped onion, tomato, garlic, and green chili ready on a plate.
  • Heat oil in a pan and first add cumin seeds, once you hear a crackling sound, add curry leaves, hing, garlic, and chili and stir well for 30 seconds.
  • Now add onion and cook well for 2 minutes till they are brown, later add tomatoes and stir for another minute till tomatoes are mushy.
  • Meanwhile, let the steam of the pressure pan evaporate and open the whistle.
  • Time to add all the spices in the onion-tomato paste, and cook well till spices are blended properly.
  • Finally, add boiled lauki chana dal in the above gravy and let it cook on a medium flame for 5 more minutes till the water becomes less and the gravy thickens.

Nutrition

Calories: 234kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 9gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 106mgPotassium: 261mgFiber: 14gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 726IUVitamin C: 29mgCalcium: 144mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Dal recipe, Dudhi Chana Dal, Lauki Chana Dal, Lentils
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