Chana dal, with distinctive nutty flavor, is rich in protein and is consumed by people for weight loss. The USDA data says, one mere cup of chana dal has 39 grams of protein, 121 grams of carbohydrate and 35 grams of dietary fibre.
This dal is rich in B-complex vitamins that play an important role in glucose metabolism and are vital for our body to remain active and energetic. It is also essential for the heart as it is rich in antioxidants and reduces inflammation keeping the organ healthy.
A single serving meets 32% of the fiber you need each day. It can lower cholesterol and protect against diabetes and colon cancer. A daily dose of fiber pushes waste through our digestive system and prevents constipation, too. The potassium, folate, and iron in lentils also provide lots of benefits.
- 1 cup Gram Lentils (Chana Dal)
- 1 to 2 cups Bottle Gourd (LaukI)
- 1 to 2 medium Tomatoes
- 1/2 to 1 medium Onion
- 2 cloves of Garlic
- 2 medium Green Chilies
- 1 to 2 tbsps Fresh Coriander Leaves (finely chopped)
- 1/2 inch piece of Ginger
- 1/4 tsp. Turmeric Powder
- 1/2 tsp. Roasted Cumin Powder
- 1/2 tsp Roasted Whole Pepper Powder
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 1 to 2 small Bay Leaves (optional)
- 2 Cloves (optional)
- 1/2 piece of Cinnamon Stick (optional)
Gram Lentils soaked in water for about 2 hours.
Nicely chopped veggies to be added with gram lentils.
In a pressure cooker add soaked gram lentils, veggies, turmeric, and salt. After the first whistle adjust the heat to low medium and cook for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat.
Once the pressure cookers opens, Gently, stir the cooked veggies and chana dal. Add garam masala, roasted cumin powder, and fresh coriander. Serve immediately.
Our No Oil but Delicious Lauki Chana Dal is ready to serve with Roti, Paratha, and/or Rice.
Lauki and Chana Dal make a perfect combination. I guess it is one of the most popular one. Another good combinations are with eggplant, ridge gourd, and spinach.
Gram Lentils have a tendency to thicken very fast but we can always adjust the consistency of the cooked Gram Lentils by adding some warm water.
Apart from tomatoes, I cook it with raw mango, or tamarind paste as well.
It is served with mango pickle or mint-mango chutney, Papad, and onion, green-chili-lemon Salad.
The leftovers can be served with layered Paratha.