Onion and Garlic are essential ingredients in Most of the veg gravies which we prepare as an accompaniment for Indian Breads. Sometimes we might need gravies without onion and garlic and we would be scratching our heads to think what will be the best accompaniment and we land in some simple dal. My sister has a habit of not using onion and garlic and she makes lots of different gravies without these ingredients and most of them were so mouth-watering. She makes Lauki Chana Dal Subzi which is one of the veg gravy without onion and garlic and would be perfect accompaniment for any Indian breads. Generally many people doesn't appreciate much about Lauki (BottleGourd), but Lauki is one of the Nutrition rich vegetable. It has 90% of water in it which eases the digestion. Lauko juice is popular for weight loss. It has vitamins and minerals and has other medicinal benefits too. I don't water to list out all the benefits of Lauki and bore you.. So such a healthy vegetable should be part of our kitchen every week. 
Lauki Chana Dal Subzi is one of the easiest and also the tastiest dish which is a perfect side dish for Chapati/ Roti. During Fasting days, this subzi is a gift to us to skip onion and garlic. Nutritional rich Lauki along with protein rich Chana Dal makes our dish healthy. Lets see how to make this dish...

Lauki (Doodhi) Chana Dal Subzi Recipe | Bottlegourd Gram Dal Curry Recipe | Surakkai Kadaliparuppu Curry
Lauki (Doodhi) Chana Dal Subzi Recipe | Bottlegourd Gram Dal Curry Recipe | Surakkai Kadaliparuppu Curry 

Preparation and Yield:
Preparation time10 mins
Cooking Time30 mins
Servings4

Lauki (Doodhi) Chana Dal Subzi Recipe | Bottlegourd Gram Dal Curry Recipe | Surakkai Kadaliparuppu Curry
Lauki (Doodhi) Chana Dal Subzi Recipe | Bottlegourd Gram Dal Curry Recipe | Surakkai Kadaliparuppu Curry 

Ingredients:
Chopped Lauki / Doodhi2 Cups
Channa Dal1/2 Cup
Green Chilli2
SaltTo taste
Turmeric Powder1/2 teaspoon
Tomato2
Cumin Seeds1 teaspoon
Red Chilli Powder1/2 teaspoon
Cumin Powder1/2 teaspoon
Coriander Powder1/2 teaspoon
Garam Masala1/2 teaspoon
Lemon Juice1 tablespoon
Chopped Coriander LeavesTo garnish
Oil1 tablespoon


Method:
  1. Soak the chana dal in water for 30 minutes. Wash, Peel and Chop the bottle gourd to 1/2" pieces. After half an hour, drain the water from chana dal and add it to a vessel along with chopped lauki, turmeric powder and salt. Keep this vessel inside a pressure cooker and pressure cook it allowing for 5-6 whistles.

  2. Heat a pan, add oil. When the oil is hot, add cumin seeds. When the cumin seeds starts to sputter, add chopped green chillies followed by chopped tomatoes. Add all the spice powders along with turmeric powder and salt and cook the tomatoes till they are mushy.

  3. When the pressure is released from the cooker, open the cooker lid and gently mash the veg and dal slightly with back of a spatula and add the tomato masala and mix well. Switch on the flame and keep it in medium flame and cook the whole masala for atleast 5 minutes. Once the masala is nicely incorporated with the dal and veg, garnish with chopped coriander leaves and switch off the flame

  4. The yummy Lauki (Doodhi) Chana Dal Subzi is now ready to serve with any Indian breads!
  5. Lauki (Doodhi) Chana Dal Subzi Recipe | Bottlegourd Gram Dal Curry Recipe | Surakkai Kadaliparuppu Curry
    Lauki (Doodhi) Chana Dal Subzi Recipe | Bottlegourd Gram Dal Curry Recipe | Surakkai Kadaliparuppu Curry 

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