Lauki & Chana Daal (Bottle Gourd & Yellow Split Peas)

Lauki & Chana Daal (Bottle Gourd & Yellow Split Peas)

A healthy and tasty dish packed with protein and vitamins

Prep time30 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Servings4 servings


  • 1, medium-sized lauki
  • 1/2 cup chana dal
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 pinch asafetida
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mango (amchoor) powder (or lime juice)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1, small (optional) chopped green chili
  • 1 tablespoon (optional) chopped cilantro leaves



Wash and soak the chana dal in a bowl of water for 30 minutes.

Drain the water and set the dal aside.

Step 1

Peel and cut the lauki into 1-inch cubes.

Step 2

Heat ghee in a pan on low heat. Once warm, add asafetida and roast until it turns light.

Step 3

Once the asafetida turns light brown, add in cumin seeds.

Continue roasting until the seeds turn light brown.

Step 4

Once the cumin seeds turn light brown, add turmeric and coriander powder.

Step 5

Roast the spices together for 1 minute, then add the chopped lauki and soaked dal.

Step 6

Mix well and add in 4 cups of water. Cover the pot and cook on medium heat for 20 minutes until the lauki and dal are soft.

If using a pressure cooker or Instant Pot, halve the amount of water to 2 cups and the cooking time to 10 minutes.

Step 7

Add dry mango powder (amchoor) or lemon juice.

If using mango powder, cook for 3 minutes on low heat.

If using lemon juice, skip the cooking.

Step 8

Garnish with cilantro leaves and green chili.

Serve hot with roti, parantha or puri.

Step 9


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