Lauki Chana Dal Sabji (Bottle Guard Recipe)
Updated: Aug 7
Lauki Chana Dal..!
Dudhi Chana Nu Shaak/Lauki Chana Dal ki Subji/ Bottlegourd Gram Curry is a curry made as a regular everyday meal in Gujarati household. It is a delicious, protein-rich and vegan curry made by cooking Dudhi (bottle gourd) and chana dal (split gram) along with spices. This subji is very quick to make and yet is delicious and nutritious.
I have cooked the subji in a pressure cooker. Pressure cooking is quicker and retains the nutrients of the food. Alternatively, you can cook the dudhi chana nu shaak in a pot. It will take longer to cook and add water as necessary.
You can adjust the quantity of water as per your choice. Sometimes the dudhi itself will release more water after cooking and the subji will look more watery. Just put the vessel on heat and cook till water evaporates and the consistency of subji is achieved as per your choice.
3 tbsp Oil
3/4 tbsp Cumin seeds
1 tbsp Garlic Paste
1 Chopped Tomato
1 Bowl Soaked split Chickpeas
1 tbsp Red Chilli Powder
1/2 tbsp Turmeric Powder
1/2 Coriander Powder
1 Bowl Chopped Guard (Lauki)
1/4 tbsp Garam Masala
1/2 tbsp Salt (According to taste)
1/2 + 1/2 Cup Water
1 tbsp Lemon Juice
1 tbsp Sugar (Optional)
In a pan heat oil and then add cumin seeds, garlic paste and saute for few seconds.
Now add chopped tomato and soaked split chickpeas and combine well. Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and comine well. After mixing add 1/2 cup of water and again mix well.
Add chopped bottle guard (lauki) pieces, salt to taste, garam masala and 1/2 cup of more water and mix well.
Now cover with lid and cook till 4 whistles. After 4 whistles lower the flame and open the lid and stir
Then add lemon juice and sugar (optional) and mix well. Tasty Bottle Guard Recipe is ready to serve with hot chapati.