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Lauki Chana Dal

Lauki Chana Dal, made with Bottle Gourd and Split Bengal Gram Lentils in Indian spices and onion tomato masala. Enjoy hot Lauki Chana Dal with steamed rice or chapatis or paranthas. Stepwise pics and recipe of Lauki Chana Dal.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people


  • 1 Cup Chana Dal(Split Bengal Gram Lentil)
  • 1/2 Medium sized Lauki(Bottle Gourd)
  • 1-2 Tomatoes(medium sized) can use tomato paste(1-2 tbsp)
  • 1" piece Ginger(finely chopped or crushed)
  • 3-4 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Onion(small)
  • 1/4 tsp Hing (Asafoetida) optional..for gluten free avoid it
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1-2 Green Chillies optional as per the spice level required
  • Chopped Fresh Coriander for garnish
  • 1-2 tbsp Desi Ghee/Oil
  • Salt to taste


  • Wash and soak Chana Dal in enough water for at least 15-20 minutes. Dal becomes soft as it absorbs water. This cuts on the cooking time.
  • Wash and peel Lauki(Bottle Gourd) and cut into cubes.
  • Discard water from Dal,  take fresh water in a pressure cooker, add dal and lauki pieces and put on medium flame. 
  • When the water starts boiling, remove the froth is formed and floats on the top.
  • Add turmeric powder and salt mix, put the lid on and cook on medium flame till 3-4 whistles. You can cook this dal in a saucepan also but it will take too long to cook. So if you are planning to cook it in a saucepan, soak the dal overnight or at least 5-6 hrs.
  • After 3-4 whistles, lower the flame and cook for another, 10 minutes. 
  • Adjust the consistency of the dal by adding water. We like thick dal when having it with chapatis and a little thinner consistency when having with rice
  • Meanwhile when the Dal is cooking in pressure cooker, finely chop onion, tomatoes and crush or very finely chop ginger and garlic. 
  • In a pan, add ghee or oil. I make the tempering for dals(lentils) in desi ghee(Indian Clarified Butter). You can use any flavorless oil.
  • When the ghee heats, add cumin seeds, when seeds start spluttering, add finely chopped/ crushed ginger and garlic and saute for a minute. 
  • You can also add finely chopped 1-2 green chillies depending on your spice level. Many people add curry leaves in the tempering, I don't add in this dal, love the flavor of curry leaves in Arhar/Toor Dal (Pigeon Pea lentil curry) .
  • Add onion(if you are using it), saute till it turns light pink, add tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes get mushy and soft.
  • Add garam masala, and cook for another minute and then mix tempering in the dal.
  • Mix nicely and let it cook for another 5-6 minutes so that the flavors of masala, infuse with dal.
  • Garnish with finely chopped fresh Coriander leaves.
  • If you want just before serving make the tempering of cumin seeds and red chilli powder in a ½ Tsp of ghee/oil and add to dal. It will enhance the flavor and aroma of dal. Skip this step if you want low fat and less spicy dal/curry.


The cooking time also depends on the quality of dal. Sometimes it may take less time and gets too mushy and sometimes it takes little longer. If you are making this dal for the first time, I suggest, after 3-4 whistles, take the cooker off the flame, let the pressure subside and open the lid and check the doneness. Lentil should be soft but hold it's shaped.
You can also make this dal without onion and garlic as no onion-no garlic recipe, it tastes great with it also. 
Keyword Chana Lauki Dal, Easy Dinner Ideas, Fasting Food, Gluten-free,Vegan, Fried Food, Lunch Recipe