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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Lauki with Moong Dal - Bottle Gourd and Lentil

This is a quick recipe and goes well with any Indian bread or even rice. Lauki /Bottle gourd is one vegetable that is not really popular at our house..except that I'm the only one who likes it. So have to find ways to make it more suitable to the palate of my kids and DH. So here is one more way of preparing Lauki.
  • 1 small lauki / 3 cups lauki peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup yellow moong dal washed and kept aside
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 2 green chillies slit
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • salt to taste
  • oil
Preparation : This was cooked in the pressure cooker , hence quick recipe. Heat oil in a pressure cooker pan. Add mustard seeds. When they crackle add onion. Saute till golden brown. Add garlic paste. Fry for a minute. Add the ginger paste, tomato, green chillies. Stir fry for about a minute or two. Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt. Mix well. Now add the lauki/bottle gourd. Mix well. Add the moong dal. Add 1 cup water. Pressure cook until cooked. (1-2 whistles). Your Lauki with Moong dal is ready to serve. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves.This recipe serves 4.


  1. I love this too. with dal chawal this would make my most comforting meal in summer.

  2. I have not tried this combo.... I prepare it with kaala chana & have got try this combo next..... It looks very relishing..... Hugs)))


  3. Very inviting and tempting dal with lauki, i wont bother to have this dal with anything..

  4. @Sayantani...I agree Lauki, Dal Chawal..makes one comforting meal. Always appreciate ur feedback.

    @Ash..Glad you liked this combo..As always thanks a lot for ur wonderful and kind words. BTW have never tried kaala chana and Lauki..Will give it a try..Any plans to post the recipe @ ur place.

    @Priya..Thanks a lot for ur support..ur always there motivating bloggers like me..

  5. Yummy dal...looks very tempting...I love to have with chapathi...

  6. Excellent looking dal. So healthy and tasty as well.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  7. advance wishes for the new year...comforting n delicious dal

  8. i have posted similar recipe at my blog urs looks intresting too

  9. What is the size of a small lauki? I

    1. Branon- 1 small lauki approximately equals 3 cups of lauki peeled and diced. I hope this answers your question and please do let me know how this recipe turns out. Thanks.