Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Lauki Dal | Laau Dal | Lentils with Bottle Gourd

Hope you are doing well ! Its too hot weather and stomach is also becoming very choosy I think ! Any spicy rich recipes are not suited for this season . You cannot pass time at kitchen also for long time. So shortcut healthy recipe and simple recipe you should do . I always prefer rice in the summer season. Today I want to share some cool lentils recipe from Bengali kitchen . It is called "laau diye dal". Sometimes we use bottle gourd leaves also to prepare this dal recipe. But here in Bangalore it is not possible to get leaves of bottle gourd so I only use bottle gourd. Very simple recipe and pure vegetarian recipe. It goes very nicely with rice . And take a plate of julienne potato (Jhurjhure aalu bhaja ) or any vegetarian dish like drumstick potato gravy with poppy seeds . You do not require anything then.

Lauki Dal - Esho Bosho Aahare
If you ask about benefits of moong dal and bottle gourd . Moong dal is full of protein and cholesterol free also. It contains vitamin A , C and folate. It is full of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus . Overall bottle gourd is cooling , calming , diuretic and anti-bilious.

Ingredients :

2 Cups Bottle gourd (cut into big size)
1 cup Moong Dal
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Paanch Foron (cumin seeds, onion seeds, fenugreek seeds, Fennel seeds, Radhuni/Mustard seeds)
2 Red chili dry
Salt to taste
1/4 tsp sugar
2 tbsp mustard oil/refined oil
1 handful coriander leaves chopped

How to cook :

  1. Wash moong dal thoroughly in running water.
  2. Pressure cook dal and bottle gourd with little turmeric powder and salt.
  3. Heat oil in a deep kadhai .
  4. Add paanch foron and red chili .
  5. Add cooked dal , turmeric powder, salt and sugar .
  6. Add 1 and 1/2 cups of water.
  7. Simmer the gas and bring it to boil for 2 mins.
  8. Sprinkle coriander leaves.
  9. Serve along with plain rice and vegetable curry.

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