Lauki dal

Ingredients
1. One Lauki medium, peeled and cut into cubes.
2. 1 onion roughly sliced
3. 2 green chillies slit
4. 3 garlic cloves chopped
5. Moong dal/toor dal 1 cup (soaked
for 30 mins)
6. Ginger 1 inch piece, peeled and roughly chopped.
7. Salt to taste
8. Turmeric powder 1 tsp
9. Water 3 to 4 cups
10. Red chilli powder 1 tsp
11. 1 medium tomato chopped

For garnish
1. 1 tbsp ghee
2. 2 tsp jeera (cumin seeds)
3. 4_5 Curry leaves and 2 tsp chopped coriander leaves.

Method
1. Wash the dal and keep aside. You
may choose the dal of your choice.

2. Take a pressure cooker, add the dal, chopped lauki, sliced onions, slit chillies, garlic, chopped ginger, turmeric powder, salt and 3 cups Water.

3. Cook till 5 whistles and then simmer the gas and cook for 5 more minutes. Turn off the gas.

4. Open the cooker and cook on low flame. Check salt and add more if required. Add the red chilli powder.

5. Take another pan, add ghee. Add
jeera and let it crackle. Now add 1 tsp chopped garlic and a pinch of salt and let it saute till it turns brown. Add the choppee tomatoes and saute till it is cooked.

6. Take the dal in a serving bowl and garnish it with the jeera and tomatoes. Add curry leaves and coriander leaves.

7. Lemon juice can be added if required.

Enjoy with hot steamed rice!! This dal was so yummy.. my kids loved it. And is a meal in itself. I also make palak dal in the same way.
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Lauki dal

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