Friday, May 7, 2010

Dudhi chana ni daal

There are some dishes which remind you of home more than others. Dudhi chana ni daal is one of them. One of the quintessential Gujarati dishes, no one in school or among our friends here had heard of it. So when I would meet cousins and relatives here, this was high on my request list. Now I do make it myself and enjoy it with hot fluffy rotis or fragrant basmati. It is also a 2-in-1 meal where the daal and sabzi's are cooked together. Add a side of mango pickle or papads for some spice.

Ingredients:

1 cup chana daal
1 1/2 cups (4 inch long and 3 inches thick piece) dudhi (bottle gourd)
1 tablespoon oil
Pinch hing
1/2 teaspoon jeera (cumin seeds)
1/4 teaspoon raee (mustard seeds)
2 cloves garlic
1 inch knob of ginger, minced
3-4 green chilies, slit through the middle
1/6 teaspoon turmeric
1 square inch jagerry cube
1/2 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
Coriander for adding in and garnish
Salt

Soak the chana daal for atleast 2 hours. Peel and cube the dudhi. Pressure cook the daal along with the dudhi for 2 whistles. Let the cooker cool naturally. In a large pot, add the daal and 3 cups of water. Add more or less water to achieve desired consistency. Add the chilies, ginger, jagerry, turmeric and chili powder and bring to a boil. In a small seasoning vessel, heat the oil. Add hing, jeera, raee. When it starts to crackle, add the garlic and saute for a minute. Add the dudhi and the seasoning to the daal (after 1st boil). Add salt to taste and boil for 5-10 minutes on medium heat. Finally add a tablespoon of chopped coriander. Serve hot garnished with some more coriander.

18 comments:

Priya said...

Wat a bowl of delicious dal, i can have this dal with rice topped with ghee and papads..yummm!!

srividhya Ravikumar said...

wow.. looks awesome..

Hari Chandana said...

simple and delicious dal.. looks awesome. :)

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Very healthy and yummy dal. I have made bottle gourd with moong dal. Will try your version also...
Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Bottle Gourd is not my favorite veggie. But a dhal like this with all the works might tempt me!

Rachana Kothari said...

I agree with you completely... Daal looks really delicious.
Have a great weekend!

divya said...

looks yummy..........thanks for sharing with us.
Happy Mother's day to u .

sangeeta said...

I never knew this dal has a gujrati version too...i love the dal as it is made in UP which is a little spicier than this ( no jaggery but i think i'd like this version too)......
Incidentally i have my version of this dal in my drafts n will post soon ....it's so healthy.

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

i simply love thsi dish..we have ir once a week...dudhi is my hubbys fav..urs looks very temoting..slurpppppppp.love it..happy mothers day to u..do visit my space and leave ur precious suggestions
sanyukta gour(bayes)
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Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Love it dear. Simply love this combo. I love making it as well.

J said...

beatiful memories..and delicious dal..
cheers

Kiran said...

Healthy combination of dudhi and daal.Nice pic.

Ms.Chitchat said...

Very healthy recipe. Loved the version.

Chetana said...

Tats a good one...though my family love to hate dudhi....i c tat they do not forget their most hated sabzi... :)

Leena said...

Dal looks awesome...Love the combo!!

Suhaina said...

First time here. Liked ur recipes very much. Love to follow u.
The dal curry is making me drool. Love to have with rice.

Madhavi said...

Oh i love dudhi chana ni dal, looks gooooood. BTW are u Gujarati ??

SS said...

Your Dal looks great! I love combining veggies in dals. 2 in 1 like you say. :) Cheers!

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