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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

chana dal(lentil) with lauki (bottlegourd)

Hamilton Beach 33967 Set 'n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker

yesterday its turn of chana -lauki dal in my kitchen for dinner .the tastes of this dal is awesome and something different from the regular dals. A healty dal (soup) which goes well with plain rice or is the recipe-

Cooking time- 20 minutes (50 minutes in slow cooker)

Prepration time- 10 minutes

Ingredients -

chana dal  (soaked for about 2 hours)
lauki (bottlegourd)        (cut into big chunks)
turmuric,coriender powder,cumin seeds,salt to taste,red chilli powder
butter or desi ghee (clearified butter)

  I always prefer a slow cooker to make any dal or soup but one can also make it in regular steam cooker ,handi or any other pot having lid.

 First assemble all the ingredients excluding cuminn seed and chilly powder(spare some butter for the tadka and add little) in to the pot  covering 2 part with water and steam it near about  20 minutes in normal pressure cooker.
Then switch off the flame and let it cook it in steam for  3-4 more minutes .

Uncover your pot and mash the dal little bit with spatula and keep aside.


For Tadka heat butter or ghee in a small pan add hing and cumin seed let it splutter,then add chilly powder.
add this Tadka to dal and serve piping hot.

NOTE--1- Cut the lauki in big chunks because chana dal takes time while cooking .
             2- Can serve with chapati or plain rice but should be piping hot.

I am sending it to VEGGIE PLATTER'S  'Delicious Dals From India Event'.