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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Lauki with Moong Dal - Bottle Gourd and Lentil

This is a quick recipe and goes well with any Indian bread or even rice. Lauki /Bottle gourd is one vegetable that is not really popular at our house..except that I'm the only one who likes it. So have to find ways to make it more suitable to the palate of my kids and DH. So here is one more way of preparing Lauki.
  • 1 small lauki / 3 cups lauki peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup yellow moong dal washed and kept aside
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 2 green chillies slit
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • salt to taste
  • oil
Preparation : This was cooked in the pressure cooker , hence quick recipe. Heat oil in a pressure cooker pan. Add mustard seeds. When they crackle add onion. Saute till golden brown. Add garlic paste. Fry for a minute. Add the ginger paste, tomato, green chillies. Stir fry for about a minute or two. Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt. Mix well. Now add the lauki/bottle gourd. Mix well. Add the moong dal. Add 1 cup water. Pressure cook until cooked. (1-2 whistles). Your Lauki with Moong dal is ready to serve. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves.This recipe serves 4.