Bottle Gourd Chana Dal Curry

A few years ago, we had a Punjabi neighbor who used to dish out yummy dishes with appetizing aroma. I observed that she used a lot of Chana Dal in her cooking as opposed to Toor dal which we are used to. In a casual conversation I came to know about this combination of Bottle Gourd and Chana Dal. 

The ginger was very dominant and since we all like ginger, it was a treat to our palates. We enjoyed this subzi with Rotis. This subzi qualifies for day 3 of BM 12

Ingredients - 

Sorrakaya / Doodhi / Bottle Gourd/ Anapakaya Diced 3-4 cups 
Chana Dal Washed, Soaked and Drained 3/4 cup 
Grated Ginger 1 Tbsp
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Red Chilli Powder 1/2 tsp (or as needed)
Garam Masala 1/2 tsp (optional)
Dry Mango Powder / Amchur Powder as needed
Salt as needed
Seasoning (Oil 1 Tbsp, Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1/4 tsp, Red Chillies 1-2 broken, Curry leaves few)
Garnish with Corinader leaves(Cilantro)

Bottle Gourd Chana Dal Curry

Method Of Preparation - 

In a heated saucepan/kadai add oil and the rest of the seasoning. 

After the mustard seeds pop, add the soaked and drained Chana Dal and ginger. Saute for a few seconds.

Add the turmeric and the diced bottle gourd. Pour in a cup of water, mix well and cover with a lid.

Allow the bottle gourd to get tender. It would take about 15-18 min.

Remove the lid, add red chilli powder, salt, garam masala, dry mango powder and mix well.

Let the flavors blend well for a few more minutes.

Remove from fire, garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve with Roti/Rice.

Sending this to Priya's 'Veggie/Fruit of the month - Bottle Gourd' hosted this time at Vegetarian Tastebuds.
Also sending this to Susan's 'MLLA - 43' hosted by Chez Cayenne this month.

Preparation Time 30 min 
Serves 4-5

Posted by Harini on Wednesday, January 18, 2012


  1. divya Says:
  2. simple and delicious curry...

  3. the simplicity of this dish may make people wonder about the taste, but i can vouch for its abundance, love this combination, i liked ur idea of adding dru amchur, will try it around next time

  4. Unknown Says:
  5. this is a regular feature at our home! yummy!

  6. Archana Says:
  7. hmmm looks so delicious.

  8. Raji Says:
  9. I mostly make mine bottlegourd dish with moong daal but adding chana daal sounds wonderful. Lovely presentation with a chilli on top.

  10. Aarthi Says:
  11. Awesome recipe…truly Delicious..Bookmarked


  12. Unknown Says:
  13. Simple but delicious recipe like the edition of dry mango powder...

  14. Unknown Says:
  15. Simple but delicious recipe like the edition of dry mango powder...

  16. Srivalli Says:
  17. Love this combo!..nice presentation..

  18. Mélange Says:
  19. That's a nice recipe to have for bottle gourd.I love the preparation.Yum.

  20. santosh Says:
  21. simple easy and tasty

  22. Deeksha Says:
  23. super healthy!!

  24. Fairy Garden Says:
  25. superb recipe.

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  26. Priya Suresh Says:
  27. Love this simple and delicious curry.

  28. Anonymous Says:
  29. It looks so nice and tempting despite being so simple! This is a typical north-Indian subzi, one that is comforting and tasty any day

  30. Prathima Rao Says:
  31. Mom makes this combo often & its a fav at home..Will give her your version too..Looks mighty tasty!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  32. Chitra Says:
  33. Never buy Bottlegourd. must try soon :) looks nice..

  34. veena Says:
  35. Never made this combo. Should try this

  36. Claire Says:
  37. I've never had bottle gourd but I've seen it for sale in a few grocery stores here. You've inspired me to try it next time I see it for sale! Thanks for another entry to My Legume Love Affair.

  38. Suma Gandlur Says:
  39. Love the image.
    Toor / chanadal / moong are some of the dals that go frequently in curries at my mother's kitchen but I don't cook that often with them. The amchur addition though sounds interesting as I have never tried it in dry version curries.

  40. Great combo! I make this often for roti.

  41. we add one Amritsari vadi to this...changes the flavor..n tastes awsum.

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