Bottle Gourd Chana Dal Curry


A few years ago, we had a Punjabi neighbor who used to dish out yummy dishes with appetizing aroma. I observed that she used a lot of Chana Dal in her cooking as opposed to Toor dal which we are used to. In a casual conversation I came to know about this combination of Bottle Gourd and Chana Dal. 


The ginger was very dominant and since we all like ginger, it was a treat to our palates. We enjoyed this subzi with Rotis. This subzi qualifies for day 3 of BM 12


Ingredients - 


Sorrakaya / Doodhi / Bottle Gourd/ Anapakaya Diced 3-4 cups 
Chana Dal Washed, Soaked and Drained 3/4 cup 
Grated Ginger 1 Tbsp
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Red Chilli Powder 1/2 tsp (or as needed)
Garam Masala 1/2 tsp (optional)
Dry Mango Powder / Amchur Powder as needed
Salt as needed
Seasoning (Oil 1 Tbsp, Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1/4 tsp, Red Chillies 1-2 broken, Curry leaves few)
Garnish with Corinader leaves(Cilantro)


Bottle Gourd Chana Dal Curry


Method Of Preparation - 


In a heated saucepan/kadai add oil and the rest of the seasoning. 


After the mustard seeds pop, add the soaked and drained Chana Dal and ginger. Saute for a few seconds.


Add the turmeric and the diced bottle gourd. Pour in a cup of water, mix well and cover with a lid.


Allow the bottle gourd to get tender. It would take about 15-18 min.


Remove the lid, add red chilli powder, salt, garam masala, dry mango powder and mix well.


Let the flavors blend well for a few more minutes.


Remove from fire, garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve with Roti/Rice.


Sending this to Priya's 'Veggie/Fruit of the month - Bottle Gourd' hosted this time at Vegetarian Tastebuds.
Also sending this to Susan's 'MLLA - 43' hosted by Chez Cayenne this month.

Preparation Time 30 min 
Serves 4-5

Posted by Harini on Wednesday, January 18, 2012

22 comments

  1. divya Says:
  2. simple and delicious curry...

     
  3. the simplicity of this dish may make people wonder about the taste, but i can vouch for its abundance, love this combination, i liked ur idea of adding dru amchur, will try it around next time

     
  4. Smitha Says:
  5. this is a regular feature at our home! yummy!

     
  6. Archana Says:
  7. hmmm looks so delicious.

     
  8. Raji Says:
  9. I mostly make mine bottlegourd dish with moong daal but adding chana daal sounds wonderful. Lovely presentation with a chilli on top.

     
  10. Aarthi Says:
  11. Awesome recipe…truly Delicious..Bookmarked

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

     
  12. Simple but delicious recipe like the edition of dry mango powder...

     
  13. Simple but delicious recipe like the edition of dry mango powder...

     
  14. Srivalli Says:
  15. Love this combo!..nice presentation..

     
  16. Mélange Says:
  17. That's a nice recipe to have for bottle gourd.I love the preparation.Yum.

     
  18. santosh Says:
  19. simple easy and tasty

     
  20. Deeksha Says:
  21. super healthy!!

     
  22. superb recipe.

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  23. Priya Says:
  24. Love this simple and delicious curry.

     
  25. It looks so nice and tempting despite being so simple! This is a typical north-Indian subzi, one that is comforting and tasty any day

     
  26. Prathima Rao Says:
  27. Mom makes this combo often & its a fav at home..Will give her your version too..Looks mighty tasty!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

     
  28. Chitra Says:
  29. Never buy Bottlegourd. must try soon :) looks nice..

     
  30. Never made this combo. Should try this

     
  31. Claire Says:
  32. I've never had bottle gourd but I've seen it for sale in a few grocery stores here. You've inspired me to try it next time I see it for sale! Thanks for another entry to My Legume Love Affair.

     
  33. Suma Gandlur Says:
  34. Love the image.
    Toor / chanadal / moong are some of the dals that go frequently in curries at my mother's kitchen but I don't cook that often with them. The amchur addition though sounds interesting as I have never tried it in dry version curries.

     
  35. Great combo! I make this often for roti.

     
  36. we add one Amritsari vadi to this...changes the flavor..n tastes awsum.

     
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