Doodhi Dal

Ingredients: 1 small bottle gourd1/2 cup channa dal (bengal gram)1 tsp. coriander finely chopped1 stalk curry leaves3/4 tsp. dhania powder1/2 tsp. red chilli powder1/4 tsp. turmeric powdersalt to taste1/2 tsp. sugar3-4 small pieces tamarind2 pinches asafoetida1/4 tsp. each mustard & cumin seeds1 tbsp. oil1/2 cup water
Wash and soak dal for 15-20 minutes.
Peel and chop gourd into medium sized cubes.
Mix all dry masalas in water.
Heat oil in a heavy sauce pan.
Add seeds, allow to splutter.
Add curry leaves and asafoetida, and masala water.
Allow to simmer for 2 minutes.
Add dal, gourd, cover and cook for 8-10 minutes, or till dal is tender.
Add sugar, tamarind, salt, and cook further 2-3 minutes.
Garnish with chopped coriander.
Serve hot with chappati, phulka or tandoori roti.


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