I was thinking of making something different and easy with "Lauki" (bottle gourd) that pairs well with roti and ended up making "Lauki Chane ki Daal". This is absolutely a healthy yet tasty side dish that you can serve with roti or rice. And not to miss..this is of course a curry in hurry! The only simple twist I have added, is an unusual spice, fennel seed. And it made a very pleasant and aromatic difference in my curry. Honestly, this is something I will recommend highly!
Yield 4-5 servings
Ingredients for "Lauki Chane ki Daal":
- Split Bengal gram/Chana daal 1 cup (soaked in water for 2 hours,washed and drained)
- Bottle gourd 1 medium (washed , peeled and chopped in medium cubes or sticks)
- Tomato 1 large (chopped)
- Ginger paste 1 table spoon
- Green chilli 2 (make a paste..you can add or reduce according to your spice tolerance)
- Fennel seed 1 heaped table spoon (soak for couple of hours and make a paste)
- Chilli powder 1/2 tea spoon
- Turmeric powder as needed
- Garam masala powder 1/2 tea spoon
- Salt according to taste
- Sugar 1 table spoon
- Asafoetida/hing 1/4 tea spoon
- Cumin seed 1 tea spoon
- Bay leaf 2
- Dry red chilli 1
- Oil 2 table spoon
How to prepare "Lauki Chane ki Daal":
- Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Sprinkle hing and cumin seed, bay leaf, dry red chilli. Give it few quick stirs until aroma comes out.
- Add in chopped tomato followed by ginger paste, chilli paste and fennel seed paste and salt. Cook over medium to high flame until oil separates from spices and spices are nicely aromatic. Keep stirring and scraping the bottom of cooker as required. Mix with chilli powder, turmeric powder and garam masala powder. Few nice stirs.
- Add chana daal to the spice. Mix and cook over high for 3-4 minutes. Then goes chopped bottle gourd. Mix and stir over high for 2-3 minutes. Add half cup to 3/4 cup water (bottle gourd will release some water, so don't add too much water). Bring it to shimmer and add sugar. Cheek seasoning.
- Cook on medium until 3 whistles.
- Let it cool down and open the cooker once the steam comes out completely. "Lauki Chane ki Daal" is now ready to serve.
- You can add chopped coriander leaves while serving...I did not add though.
- I served "Lauki chane ki Daal" with roti and salad. This can be served with rice as well.