Lauki Chana Dal – Soupy Lentils with Bottle Gourd

Lauki Chana Dal – Soupy Lentils with Bottle Gourd

p/p p /p pA bowlful really perfect for the summer time – quick to cook, light, lemony and healthy. It is the simplest kind, usually not heard of very often when “Indian Cuisine” in general is discussed.  Cooked with very little spices, and “satvic” in nature, it is a recipe which has pretty much remained cloistered solely [...]

Ingredients

  • 1 small lauki/bottle gourd, 3 – 3.5 cups peeled and chopped **
  • 1 large tomato, about 3/4 – 1 cup chopped
  • 3/4 cup chana dal/split Bengal gram
  • 2 tablespoon ghee or melted butter if you do not have ghee
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • a generous pinch of good quality hing/asafoetida
  • 1 – 2 hot green chili pepper, like Thai Bird
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoon coriander powder,
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • red chili powder /cayenen/parika to taste
  • approx. 3-4  cups water
  • fresh lemon juice to sprinkle before serving
  • fresh cilantro/coriander or any fresh herb you want to use
  • Optional (a sprinkle of Chaat Masala for extra flavor)
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