Friday, March 19, 2010

Ghiya and Chana Dal Ki Sabzi - घीया और चना दाल की सब्जी (Bottle Gourd and Gram Dal Curry)

Today is 4th Day of Navaratri. As you all know I am fasting for navaratri by eating just one meal a day and the rest of the day with fruits/dairy. So, today, I made the following for dinner.

As you all know Ghiya घीया (Lauki लौकी - Bottle Gourd) is a very common vegetable in Rajasthan and so are the lentils. So, this combines both of those and is a yummy curry. It gives you both vegetable and protien in the same dish. So, just add some yummy parathas to it and voila, you have a healthy dinner.

Ghiya and Chana Dal Ki Sabzi - घीया और चना दाल की सब्जी (Bottle Gourd and Gram Dal Curry)

Ghiya (Bottle Gourd) - 1 cup cut in small pieces
Chana Dal (Gram Dal) - 1/2 cup (wash and soak for 2-3 hours)
Onion - 1 cup finely chopped
Tomato - 1 cup finely chopped
Ginger - 1 inch (grated or pasted)
Garlic - 3-4 cloves (crushed or grated)
Haldi (Turmeric Powder) - 1 tsp
Lal Mirch (Red Chilli Powder) - 1 tsp (Please feel free to substitute this with 2-3 green chillies, based on your preference)
Dhaniya (Coriander) Powder - 1 tsp
Garam Masala - 1 tsp
Namak (Salt) - As per taste
Jeera (Cumin Seeds) - 1 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp
Hara Dhaniya (Cilantro) - 1/2 cup finely chopped for garnishing
  • Take oil in a pressure cooker (I make it directly in the cooker).
  • Add jeera and let it splutter.
  • Add Ginger garlic paste and let it fry for 1/2 min.
  • Add onion and fry for a min.
  • Add Tomato and fry for another min.
  • Add haldi, namak, lal mirch, dhaniya powder in 1 cup water and mix well.
  • Add the above masala mix in the cooker and let it boil till oil starts separating.
  • Add soaked chana dal, add enough water to cover the dal, mix well, cover the lid (don't close the cooker, just cover it) and boil for 10 min.
  • Add ghiya pieces, mix well, close the lid of the cooker (add weight on top of it) and let it cook for 10-15 min.
  • Once the cooker has cooled down a bit, open the lid, add garam masala and hara dhaniya and keep the lid back for few min before serving.
Serve it hot with warm roti or paratha.

This recipe of ghiya and Chana Dal ki Sabzi is also going for Vegetable Marathon - Beans event.

This recipe of ghiya and Chana Dal ki Sabzi is also going for EFM Theme - Parathas and Gravies / Curries Series event 

I am also re-posting the following recipes for EFM Theme - Parathas and Gravies / Curries Series.

Gatte Ki Sabzi

Kathal Aloo Ki Sabzi

Till my next post, enjoy these and take care.
~ Priya


Cooking Foodie said...

Lovely dish...
Gujarati's also make the same dish but the preparation and spices are a little different...

R said...

nice recipe! i make similar curry with bottle gourd and chana dal, but ur recipe is slightly different, will try out this variation next time :))

Unknown said...

Thanks Cookie Foodie and Rupali. I would love to try your variations too. So, if you have already posted it in your blog, please let me know, I will try those recipes.

ruchikacooks said...

Thats a tasty spread priya.

info korners said...

tasty dish and famous in Pakistan specially in Summer season :)Online TV


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