To serve 2-3
Yellow Lentils – 3/4 cup uncooked (Moong daal)(washed and drained)
1 medium sized lauki (Bottle gourd/ dhoodhi), skin peeled and cubed
1 medium sized white onion chopped
1 tomato chopped
1 Tbsp Tomato paste
2 Green chilies (optional)
5-6 curry leaves
1/2 Tbsp cumin seeds
2 cloves garlic smashed
1/2″ ginger root skin peeled and chopped
salt, pinch of turmeric powder and red chili powder
In a pressure cooker (you can use a heavy bottom pan if you don’t have a cooker), saute cumin seeds in an Tbsp of oil on medium heat. Add onions, garlic. ginger, green chilies, curry leaves and saute till onions become translucent. (About 3-4 minutes). Add tomatoes and paste and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add the lauki (gourd) and the daal (Lentils). Add the salt, tumeric and chili powder. Add about 2.5 cups of water and pressure cook on medium for about 12-13 minutes. If using a pan, cover the pan with a lid and cook for about 25-28 minutes till daal and the lauki are cooked thoroughly.
Drop in a Tbsp of ghee (clarified butter) and enjoy this simple finish to a busy day.
It’ll surely make you all warm and fuzzy inside. 🙂