Lauki Chana Dal Recipe | Dudhi Chana Dal | High Protein Bottle Gourd Lentil Curry

Lauki Chana Dal is a nutritious recipe that combined the Bottle Gourd and lentils making it a perfect dish for a wholesome lunch or dinner. Lauki is also known as Doodhi or Giya and one of my favorite dishes while growing up.  Chana dal (Bengal Gram Dal), Turmeric powder (Haldi), Salt, Water, Ghee, Ginger, Green Chilli, Bay leaf (tej patta), Tomato, Bottle gourd (lauki), Garam masala powder, Turmeric powder (Haldi), Red Chilli powder, Jaggery, Coriander (Dhania) Leaves, Salt, Ghee, Cumin seeds (Jeera), Dry Red Chillies   For Chana Dal 1 cup Chana dal (Bengal Gram Dal) , soaked in water for 2 hours 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi) 1/2 teaspoon Salt Water , as needed for cooking For Lauki Sabzi 1 teaspoon Ghee 1 teaspoon Ginger , grated 1 Green Chilli , chopped 1 Bay leaf (tej patta) 1 Tomato , finely chopped 1 Bottle gourd (lauki) , peeled and cut into chunks 1 teaspoon Garam masala powder 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi) 1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli powder , adjust according to taste 1 teaspoon Jaggery 1 Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , small bunch, chopped Salt , to taste Ingredients for Seasoning 1 teaspoon Ghee 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera) 2 Dry Red Chillies     20   40     To begin making the Lauki Chana Dal Sabzi Recipe, soak the chana Dal in 2-1/2 cups of water for 3 to 4 hours.First cook the channa in the pressure cooker. Place the soaked chana dal in the pressure cooker along with enough water such that the water is at least 2 inches above the dal.Sprinkle some salt and a pinch of turmeric powder. Pressure cook for 3 to 4 whistles about 15 minutes and turn off the heat and allow the pressure to release naturally.Next step is to cook the lauki in the pressure cooker. Heat a little ghee over medium heat, add the bay leaf, ginger, green chilli, tomato, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, garam masala powder, salt, jaggery and give it a stir.Saute until the tomatoes soften. Add the peeled and chopped lauki/ bottle gourd along with 1/4 cup of water and give it a stir.  Pressure cook the lauki for about 2 whistles and turn off the heat. Allow the pressure to release naturally.Add the cooked chana dal to the cooked lauki and give it a brisk boil.  Check the salt and spices in the Lauki Chana Dal and adjust to suit your taste.The next step is to make the seasoning for the lauki chana dal. Heat a small pan with ghee; add the cumin seeds and red chilies. Roast for a couple seconds and turn off the heat.Pour the seasoning into the Lauki Chana Dal / Dudhi Chana Dal, stir in the chopped coriander leaves and serve warm.Serve Lauki Chana Dal along with Aloo Simla Mirch Ki Sabzi, Bhakri and Palak Raita for a weekday lunch or dinner.