Lauki Chana Dal Masala

Lauki Chana Dal Masala

A Lauki Chana Dal is a simple and nutritious curry made with bottle gourd and Bengal gram lentils and which is very popular in all regions of India.  

On a real busy day, it’s extremely easy to make it as a one pot meal and It can be made either in pressure cooker or Instant Pot.

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes

Total Time

30 minutes





  • 1 tbsp ghee 
  • 1 tsp ginger grated 
  • 2-3 pods of garlic grated 
  • 2 green chills chopped finely 
  • 1 medium tomato chopped finely 
  • 1 medium sized lauki (bottle guard) 
  • ¼ cup chana dal (Bengal gram dal) 
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder 
  • ½ tsp red chili powder 
  • 4 cups water 
  • Salt to taste 
  • Cilantro chopped for garnishing 


  1. Grate ginger. 
  2. Grate garlic. 
  3. Chop the green chilies finely. 
  4. Chop the tomatoes. 
  5. Dice the lauki (bottle guard) into cubes. 
  6. Wash the channa dal and keep it aside. 
  7. Heat ghee in a pressure cooker.  
  8. Add cumin seeds. 
  9. Add grated ginger, garlicgreen chili and chopped tomato and fry for another 2 – 3 minutes. 
  10. Now, add lauki (bottle guard) and fry for a minute.  
  11. Finally, add the chana dal (bengal gram), turmeric powder and salt to taste 
  12. Add 4 cups of water and close the lid. Pressure cook until done - 3 whistles on high heat and 3 on low heat.  
  13. Remove the pressure cooker from heat and let it cool down and let the pressure release. 

Directions for Seasoning

  1. heat ghee in a pan.  
  2. Once the ghee is hot, add cumin seeds and heing (asafoetida)and let them crackle for a few mints.  
  3. Add red chili powder, garam masala and pour the seasoning over the cooked dal.  
  4. Add chopped cilantro and lemon juice to enhance the flavor. 
  5. Open the lid and pour the seasoning on top. 
  6. Garnish cilantro and squeeze lemon juice.  
  7. This curry is now ready and perfect to enjoy with roti or rice!

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