Sunday, May 15, 2011

Bottle gourd/Lauki and Dal Curry


Bottle gourd/ Lauki and dal is a delicious combination and is a great accompaniment with rice or chapatis. It is light and filling with the touch of cumin and a bit tangy from tamarind and tomatoes. I was not much confident to try bottle gourd mainly because we never had much of this veggie in our part of Kerala. Its freshness and tenderness attracted me that I finally decided to give it a try. I did not have a recipe and decided to  try my moms spinach dal recipe,but used lauki instead. Try this recipe..you will surely love it. 

Ingredients
Bottle gourd- 1 medium sized tender
Chana dal- 1/2 cup
Onion -1 medium
Green chilly-  2-3
Tomatoes - 1
Garlic- 2 cloves(crushed)
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Chilli powder- 1 tsp
Cumin - 1/3 tsp
Asafoetida- a pinch
Tamarind- a small lemon sized ball
( soak in half cup of water)
Curry leaves
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp. 


Cook soaked chana dal in  two to three cups of water till it gets mashed up( soak at least for one hour)
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Add garlic, green chilly, curry leaves, turmeric and a pinch of asafoetida. Add finely chopped onions and saute till golden brown. Now add cubed bottle gourd/lauki and tomatoes. Add chilly powder and mix well and cook covered for 2-3 minutes. Add cooked dal and tamarind pulp and allow to simmer and thicken for two more minutes.Serve with rice or chapatis.

Try this..
Hope you will enjoy..

42 comments:

  1. That's a great of making bottlegourd.You know I am not much into this veggie,but with chana dal I think it's going to rock !!(we prepare a curry adding unakkachemmeen..)

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  2. yummy dal ..fantastic combo, dear!lauki g8 for summers!

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  3. such lovely colours in the dish... it looks yummy..

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  4. we also make this combo but your pic make me so tempting to eat it just now fantastic pic

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  5. Veggie and lentil combo makes a lovely dish:) I love the colour and the mellow spicy flavour..
    Reva

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  6. Lauki and dal combination looks simply delicious and tempting. Clicks look great as well .

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  7. Looks delicious.. And nice colour too..

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  8. Wonderful curry, makes me hungry..

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  9. I always make this coconut, your version looks very tasty!

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  10. Healthy combo....perfect with roti.

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  11. Like this lauki curry with daal..simple and yet tasty.

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  12. Looks so delish. I use moong dal.

    Vardhini
    VardhinisKitchen

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  13. Wow!! Lauki dal looks inviting.. gr8 combo!!

    Sunanda's Kitchen

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  14. Delicious and healthy...loved the ingredients used:)

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  15. Lovely combination! It's is quite popular here, never tried though. Looks tempting with the addition of tamarind :)

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  16. Looks fantastic ~ I could devour it all in no time :))
    US Masala

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  17. Super delicious looking curry...

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  18. I love this a lot with roti or rice,yummy recipe!

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  19. Wow tempting and delicious,looks so inviting.

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  20. love this combo..looks so yummy!!

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  21. We cook bottle guard & dal in coconut milk.
    Never tried this....
    Looks delicious..

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  22. Nice combination..looks delicious...:)

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  23. this is one luscious looking dal dear - LOVE it!

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  24. I've also made the same dhal with chayote..Love it

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  25. Lauki with dal looks superb, yummy and tempting. Nice combo.

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  26. Nice curry! It looks so awesome and spicy!

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  27. comfort meal makes life worth living! homely yummy preparation

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  28. Looks so colorful and delicious...

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  29. I love this combo..It is just perfect with chapatis..Nice clicks!

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