Lauki Chana dal subzi(No onion,no garlic dish)

Lauki means Bottle gourd.This subzi is a combination prepared with the  bottle gourd and chana dal(Bengal gram dal).Few days  back my in-laws were here and I wanted to prepare something new without onion and garlic since my father in law doesn't eat both.And that reminded me of Anjana ji's blog Maayeka which has a very good collection of dishes without onion and garlic.And I had bookmarked this recipe sometime back and prepared it in a jiffy.This is a very healthy dish.

Recipe adapted from Maayeka:Maayeka



Ingredients:
Bottle gourd-650 gms
Bengal gram (chana daal)-1/2 cup *
Chopped tomato-1
Ginger-1 inch
Lemon juice-1 tsp
Turmeric-3/4 tsp
Salt-1tsp
Sugar-a pinch 
Fresh green  coriander-2 tbsp
Chili flakes-1/4 tsp
Water-2 cup
Tempering :
Ghee (or oil)-2 tbsp
Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp
Asafoetida-1/2 tsp
Curry leaves-6
Whole red chili-2
Chopped green chili-1 tsp

Method:

  1. Wash and soak chana daal in 2 cups of water for 1/2 hour.
  2. Peel and chop bottle gourd into medium sized pieces.
  3. Heat ghee in the pressure cooker and then add cumin and all the tempering ingredients on low heat.
  4. When cumin starts crackling and becomes golden,add soaked chana daal,bottle gourd,tomato, chopped ginger, salt ,turmeric and chili flakes and saute for 1 minute.
  5. Now add 2 cups of water,mix well and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles on a medium heat.
  6. Open and check ,If  daal and gourd becomes soft and slightly mashed then add  a pinch of sugar,mix and cook for approx 2 minute on slow flame.(if not cooked properly in 3-4 whistles then  pressure cook again for 2-3 whistles.)
  7. Once the pressure releases open the lid,  add lemon juice and chopped fresh coriander leaves.
  8. Serve hot with roti, paratha or rice.


Note:
You may also prepare this subzi with Yellow moong dal.




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