About the Dish
Lauki chana dal is a delicious Indian dish made from lauki (bottle gourd) and chana dal (split chickpeas) cooked in an onion tomato masala.
Two Ways to prepare
1. Cook the dal and masala separately
First pressure cook the dal, then cook onion tomato masala and combine.
2. One pot method
Prepare the onion tomato masala directly in pressure cooker, then add dal and steam.
Rinse the chana dal thoroughly and soak it in water for 30 mins to an hour. Then drain the water from the dal.
In a pressure cooker, heat some oil. The add cumin seeds and heeng. Roast for a few seconds till the cumin seeds start to splutter.
Then add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala and salt.
Add finely chopped onions, ginger and green chillies. Cook for 2-4 minutes till the onions are roasted.
Then add finely chopped tomatoes. Cook for 3-4 minutes they are cooked.
Then add the soaked and drained chana dal to the cooker.
Also add the chopped lauki to the mixture along with 4 cups of water.
Pressure cook the dal for 4 whistles on medium-high heat. Let the pressure release naturally.
Lauki chana dal is ready. Optionally garnish with a few coriander leaves, and serve hot.