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Lauki Chana Dal

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A healthy treat for all – Bengal gram cooked with bottle gourd.

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Maa ki Dal.

Preparation Time : 16-20 minutes

Cooking time : 16-20 minutes

Servings : 4

Lauki Chana Dal

Main Ingredients

Split Bengal gram (chana dal),




Dals and Kadhis

Level Of Cooking



  • Split Bengal gram (chana dal) boiled
    2 cups
  • Bottle gourd (lauki/doodhi) cut into 1 inch cubes
    1/2 kilogram
  • Garlic grated
    4-5 cloves
  • Ginger grated
    1 inch piece
  • Onion finely chopped
    1 large
  • Green chilli seeded and sliced
  • Salt
    to taste
  • Turmeric powder
    1/4 teaspoon
  • Ghee
    2-3 tablespoons
  • Cumin seeds
    1 teaspoon
  • Asafoetida
    a pinch
  • Tomatoes finely chopped
  • Red chilli powder
    1/2 teaspoon
  • Fresh coriander
    a few sprigs


Step 1

Place gram, garlic, ginger, onion, green chilli, gourd, salt and turmeric powder in a pressure cooker.

Step 2

Add 2-3 cups water, cover and pressure cook for 7-8 whistles.

Step 3

Remove from heat and let it stand, uncovered. To make tempering, heat ghee in a non-stick pan.

Step 4

Add cumin seeds, asafoetida and let seeds crackle.

Step 5

Add tomatoes and cook till they are pulpy. Add red chilli powder, switch off heat and mix well.

Step 6

When the pressure reduces, remove lid of pressure cooker and mash gram mixture.

Step 7

Transfer cooked gram in a serving dish and pour tempering on top.

Step 8

Serve hot garnished with coriander sprigs.

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