Another popular lentil-veg combination : Split gram with bottle gourd.

in Foodies Bee Hive4 months ago

Few days before I prepared a very popular lentil-veg combination Moong dal with Palak (Split moong with spinach), this time I prepared one more popular lentil-veg combination Chana dal with Louki (Split gram with bottle gourd).

So many people do not like bottle gourd as a vegetable but this combination make a delicious recipe.

In Indian cuisine, it is a well-known dish prepared in different types with some ingredients variation but the main ingredients remain the same.

Here is my way - How I prepared and what ingredients I used


Ingredients used

  • Split Gram (Chana dal) - 1/4 cup
  • Bottle gourd 1 pc (About 1 kg)
  • Any vegetable oil of your choice (I used mustard oil)- 1 tbsp
  • Garlic cloves (I used fresh green garlic as it is available in the season) 5-6 cloves.
  • Tomatoes 2-3 nos
  • Green chillis 1-2 nos
  • Spices like cumin seeds, mustard seeds, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala.
  • Lemon juice of 1 lemon
  • Fresh coriander leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as required




  • Wash split gram thoroughly and soak for about 30 minutes.
  • Wash and cut all vegetables.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add spices, saute for a while.
  • Add garlic and tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes.


  • Now add soaked dal and some amount of water and cook for 5-10 minutes.


  • Add bottle gourd and water as required, Cover and cook until dal becomes soft.


  • Add garam masala if you like a little spicy.


  • Garnish with chopped fresh coriander leaves and add lemon juice at the time of serving.


Serve Hot with Rice, Chapati, Parantha or any bread of your choice!!


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Lentil is indeed a healthy ingredient but unfortunately in here difficult to find it.

We can use lots of spices to make tasty bottle gourd.