Toori Chanadal is a delicious combination of flavorful smooth gourd or turai and chanadal along with aroma of tomato gravy and spices. It is a healthy and tasty bottle gourd recipe. Turai Chana Dal is a nice option for the vegetarians. A smooth gourd cooked with Bengal gram really makes a mouth watering Dal recipe, and perfect to serve with roti and jeera rice.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
- 1 medium size gourd (Toori) peeled and chopped
- 1 bowl of soaked chana dal (soaked in water at least for 15 minutes)
- 1 medium size onion coarsely chopped
- 4 tomatoes chopped or sliced
- 2 tsp ginger-garlic paste
- 4 green chillies thinly chopped
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
- 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
- 4-5 curry leaves (broken in half)
- 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 1/2 tsp coriander powder
- 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
- 1 1/2 tsp vegetable oil
- Few drops of fresh lemon juice
- Fresh cilantro chopped
- Salt to taste
How to make Turai Chana Dal:
- Heat up a pressure cooker and add 1 tsp of oil.
- In the heating oil add green chillies and ginger-garlic paste.
- Saute well on medium low heat.
- Add chopped onion and cook until brown in color.
- Add chopped tomatoes and toori.
- Add salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and cook for 4 minutes.
- Add soaked chanadal, coriander powder and 1 cup of water.
- Cover the pressure cooker and wait for 4-5 whistles.
- Uncover and check the consistency.
- Toori chanadal is medium dry recipe, so adjust water accordingly and simmer the gas.
- In a saucepan heat 1/2 tsp of oil.
- Add cumin seeds, mustard seeds and curry leaves.
- Leave to crackle and pour directly into toori chanadal.
- Add garam masala powder and 2-3 drops of lemon juice.
- Mix well and cook for one more minute.
- Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot with roti or jeera rice.
- You can make this recipe in a pan as well, for that you need to boil the chanadal well in advance, but the procedure of cooking in pan is time consuming.
- Lemon juice is an optional ingredient.
- Pick up smooth gourd while purchasing, as it create a softness in this recipe.
- Add water as per the medium thick consistency because fresh toori is always juicy and contents water in it.