For bottle gourd chana dal curry, chana dal l is boiled in water till its just soft and whole. Bottle gourd is chopped up and is cooked in tempered oil along with green chiles. Finally cooked chana dal is added to the bottle gourd and this curry can be served with steamed rice or with roti.
Makes: around 3 Servings of Bottle Gourd with Chana Dal.a
Bottle Gourd 1/2 of Small One
Chana Dal 1/4 Cup
Green Chiles 2 – 3
Turmeric Powder a big Pinch
Salt to taste
Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida a Big Pinch
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 2 tsps
Method of preparation:
Peel, wash, remove ends and chop the bottle gourd (around 2 Cups).
Remove stems, wash and slice the green chiles.
Refresh chana dal under fresh water.
Bring to boil around a cup of water, add chana dal.
Let chana dal cook and turn soft and translucent.
Strain the cooked chana dal and keep aside.
Reserve the cooking liquid for later use.
Heat oil in a wok, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add green chiles and fry for couple of seconds.
Then, stir in bottle gourd and add salt.
Add a splash of reserved liquid and cook covered on low flame till bottle gourd turns soft.
Then stir in cooked chana dal and turmeric powder.
Uncover and fry for a minute or two to evaporate any excess moisture.
Serve bottle gourd chana dal curry with steamed rice and a dollop of ghee.
Notes: Make sure not to boil the chana dal until its mushy.
Suggestions: If the bottle gourd is not cooked properly, put it back on heat and cook covered on low flame till done. Take care to cook the chana dal right before adding it to the pan. If bottle gourd is not tender, you can also steam it or boil it just like chana dal.
Variations: Check out other bottle gourd recipes here.
Other Names: Bottle Gourd with Chana Dal, Sorakaya Senagapappu Kura, Anapakaya Senaga Pappu.