Lauki Dal


Feel like having something light and healthy for dinner? A simple dal with loads of “lauki”(sorekaayi) in it sounds healthy and light right? Too many questions ! Check out this recipe.

Ingredients: Makes a large bowl of dal

  1. Toor Dal – Togari bele – 1 Cup
  2. Lauki – Bottle gourd – Sorekaayi – Chopped Fine – 300 gm
  3. Green Chilli – 1
  4. Ginger – Chopped- 1″ piece
  5. Hing – Asfoetida – A pinch
  6. Black Pepper Seeds – 4-5
  7. Mustard – 1 Tsp
  8. Jeera – 1Tsp
  9. Coriander Seed Powder – Dhania Powder – 2 tsp
  10. Turmeric – 1/2 Tsp
  11. Curry Leaves – 1 Sprig
  12. Oil – 1 1/2 Tbsp
  13. Sugar 1/2 Tsp
  14. Salt – As required


  1. Wash the toor dal. Pour 3 Cups of water and pressure cook it for 3 whistles.
  2. Grind roughly the green chilli, ginger, hing and pepper seeds.
  3. In a pan, heat oil. Add the mustard and jeera. Let it splutter.
  4. Add the curry leaves. Drop in the lauki. Saute for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the crushed green chilli and ginger. Add the sugar and saute.
  6. Put the turmeric, coriander seed powder. Cover a lid and let it cook in its own steam.
  7. Pour the dal in and let it all come together. Add salt.  Boil for 5 minutes.

To serve:

  1. Put coriander leaves on top.
  2. Serve hot with phulkas or rice and ghee.

Culinary Secrets:

  1. Put a tsp of ghee, a pinch of hing and a little turmeric when pressure cooking the dal. Gives a very nice flavour.
  2. Grind/Crush the green chilli, ginger, hing and pepper in stone mortar. Old methods are the best !
Published in: on August 15, 2010 at 7:05 PM  Leave a Comment  

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