Lauki/ Bottle Gourd Dal

It's been a week at our new apartment and everything is unpacked and in place, but I'm not sure when I'll recover from all that weight lifting. I've never had a more strenuous workout:). Am not yet in the mood for any serious cooking and its just dal rice most of the days, something both of us love. Gonna laze around this weekend and I will be back to blogging full time next week. Lots to catch up!

Lauki Dal
1 cup moong dal
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbs oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
a big pinch asafoetida
2 dry red chillies, broken
1 small onion, sliced
1 tomato, chopped
4 green chillies, chopped fine
2-3 big garlic cloves, chopped fine
1 small lauki/ bottle gourd, peeled and chopped into small pieces
3/4 tsp sambar powder
salt to taste
cilantro for garnish, chopped

Roast the dal on medium flame till it just begins to change color. Wash and pressure cook adding enough water, turmeric powder and some salt. When done, mash the dal well.
Heat oil in a kadhai and add the mustard and cumin. When they splutter add the hing and red chillies.
Add the onions and fry till golden.
Add the tomatoes, green chillies and garlic and cook till soft and mushy.
Add the lauki, sambar powder and salt and mix well. Cover and cook on low flame for 5 mins. If the mixture gets too dry, add some water.
Stir in the mashed the dal and enough water for required consistency. Mix well and bring to a boil, check the seasoning and let simmer for few mins. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with rice.

Till next week...Enjoy your weekend!

Sendiing this to MLLA 13 being hosted at Tongue Ticklers, event started by Susan.


  1. hey i too made this for lunch today...urs looking good

  2. This is a great summer treat!Looks creamy!

  3. Dal with rice is always so comforting! Lauki dal looks yummy!

  4. I know shifting is very strenous. Lauki dal looks great.

  5. Wow..Nice recipe ..Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Nice picture Poornima...dhal always are the perfect comfort food :)

  7. Wow thats so healthy combo of veggie and dhal... perfect for rice and roti.. looks so yummy

  8. believe it or not but i love the combination of these two..

  9. Lovely dish Poornima. Nice click too.

  10. So,finally you are there settled..ha,lauki daal is perfect for such a situation..real comfort food..

  11. Wow looks superb, droolworthy. Nice click.

  12. Never heard of this combo,dal looks yummy

  13. Great start to cooking at the new apartment. My first meal after a move is usually Maggi

  14. I know,I got sick after my shift to here..Take care ok,when esply the summer is at its peak..:)
    n the dal looks great n creamy..:)

  15. looks soo delicious... simply superb recipe.. gr8 job!!

  16. You deserve a big rest after having everything ready in a week!!! Have a nice day.

  17. Delicious and Healthy, i too make this but using Chana dal, lovely click!

  18. Nice entry for the event. Nice clicks too!

  19. Dal and rice is most comfort food to most of us....lauki dal looks creamy and yum....

  20. Looks yummy. I love lauki in dal a lot..

  21. lauki has become my fav veggie recently.. i luv this combo

  22. hi poornima,
    beautiful click :) I love this combo and make it very often as its very healthy also easy to prepare. sometimes I garnish it with some fresh coconut along with coriander, it tastes so yummm...
    nicely presented as always :)

  23. One of my comfort foods! No wonder you made this. Sometimes simple foods can do wonders to the body! Thanks for coming on MLLA-13.


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