Monday, 20 July 2015

Achari Chana Aur Luki ki Dal Achari Yellow Split lentil and Bottle Gourd Dal

 Achari Chana  Aur Luki  ki Dal

Achari Yellow Split lentil and Bottle Gourd Dal


1/2 cup half Boiled Chana Dal / Yellow Split lentil

1 small size  Luki / Bottle Gourd cut into small  stripes ( preserve the skin for Lauer Khosha Bhaja)

1 Green  chilli slit

1 Tomato chopped

1 Onion chopped

1/2 tsp Garlic paste

Few  Curry leaves

1 Dry Red Chilli

1/4 tsp Nigella seeds

1/2 tspTurmeric powder

1 tbsp Achari powder

Salt to taste

1 tbsp Coriander leaves chopped

Water preserved from the boil dal + more if required

1 tbsp Sesame seed Oil

For the Achari powder


1/4 tsp Coriander seeds

1/4 tsp Cumin Seeds

2 Dry Red chili powder

1/4 tsp Mustard seeds

1/4 tsp Carom seeds

1/4 tsp Fennel seeds

1/4 Fenugreek seeds

1/4 tsp Dry Mango powder


Grind all the above spices into powder..


Take a pressure cooker. Add 1/2 tbsp oil and let it heat. Add the chopped onion and green chilli. Stir it till translucent. Add the chopped  tomato.  Cook it for 3 minutes. Add salt, turmeric powder and the Achari masala. Sauté it for 2 minutes. Add the half boiled dal and bottle gourd. Stir it well. Add preserved water from the dal and more water  if required. It should be 1 1/2 cup water. Cover the cooker and give 3 whistles. After the cooker cools down.. open the cooker. If the gravy is dry then add 1/2 cup water or more as per the gravy required. Add dry mango powder. Simmer the dal for 10 minutes. Add another 1/2 tbsp oil and let it heat. Add nigella seeds, curry leaves and dry chilli. Drizzle the seasoning over the dal. Add coriander leaves for garnishing. Serve it  hot with Roti or Rice..   

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