Thursday, June 9, 2011

My experiments with Slow cooker series - Chana Dal with Lauki ( Anapakaya Chenaga pappu)

One more traditional Hyderabadi dal. Cooked in slow cooker and it turned out well.Dal always turn out better in slow cooker.Chana dal will be well cooked but not mashed.
Chana Dal with Lauki
Ingredients :
1 Cup Chana Dal
1 Medium Onion
1 small Lauki/Bottle Gourd/Anapakaya
1 Tsp Ginger Garlic paste
1 Tsp Red Chilli powder
1/2 Tsp Garam Masala(Optional)
1/4 Tsp Turmeric
1 Tomato
1 Tbsp Oil
1/2 Tsp Jeera
1/2 Tsp Mustard Seeds
1 sprig of curry leaves
Salt to taste
2.5 cups water
Method :
In a microwaveable bowl, put oil, jeera,mustard seeds,curry leaves, onion,ginger garlic paste,red chilli ,turmeric ,garam masala Microwave for 2 minutes on high.
To the slow cooker ceramic pot add Chana Dal, Lauki, Tomato,above microwaved masala, salt, water. Cook for 4 hrs on high.
Serve hot with rice.


  1. Hi, Mamatha -
    Your recipe sounds great! I've cooked red beans, black beans, and butter beans in my slow cooker (using traditional New Orleans ingredients) but I've been looking for some variety. Ran across chana dal at the local international market -- I actually thought it was a variety of split pea, and I like it even better than yellow split peas. Finding lauki seemed a bit of a challenge, but I just read that cucuzzi is a longer variety of bottle gourd, and that's available here.
    Have you ever doubled the quantity? (I have a huge crockpot, and sometimes cook for a crowd at the holidays.)
    Thanks so much for the recipe. Hope you're having a great 4th of July weekend. :-)
    - Kathy

  2. Thanks Kathy for your kind words.
    Yes , I have doubled the quantity, But I am not a stickler for measurements, Except for Red Chilli powder/Water, All the other ingrediets can be safely doubled. Increase Red chilli powder and water by half. I did have a good 4th July weekend,did not look at fireworks though. Hope you had a good one too.

  3. I tried this and it turned out great-- thanks!