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Bottle Gourd Dal / Bengali Lau Dal (Instant Pot)

Bengali-style lau dal made with bottle gourd is so full of flavors and easy to make. Made with petite yellow lentils or moong dal, this lauki dal is absolute comfort food. Some basic spices and the Instant Pot are all you need to make this healthy dhal in less than 20 minutes (with just 5 minutes of active cooking).
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Author: Shilpa
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 medium bottle gourd cut into cubes
  • cup moong dal
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1-2 dry red chilli
  • 1-2 green chili or as per taste
  • ½ inch ginger finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoon cilantro
  • ½ lemon or lime
  • 5 cups water

Instructions

  • Set the Instant Pot on saute mode. Add moong dal and dry roast it for 2 minutes. Take the roasted dal out of the pot and wash it well.
  • Next, add oil to the IP inner pot and let it heat.
  • Add cumin seeds, bay leaves, and dry red chili. Saute for a few seconds.
  • Add the ginger, green chili, ground cumin, ground turmeric, salt, and sugar. Saute for one minute.
  • Add the bottle gourd, dal, and tomato. Add 5 cups of water and mix well.
  • Secure the IP lid. Set the Instant Pot to pressure cook mode on high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • Do a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then do a quick release.
  • Open the lid. Add the lemon juice and cilantro. Serve hot with rice.

Video

Notes

See the tips section for useful tips to make this dish.
Nutrition Facts
Bottle Gourd Dal / Bengali Lau Dal (Instant Pot)
Amount per Serving
Calories
210
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
3
g
5
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Sodium
 
51
mg
2
%
Potassium
 
35
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
33
g
11
%
Fiber
 
6
g
25
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
13
g
26
%
Vitamin A
 
140
IU
3
%
Vitamin C
 
6
mg
7
%
Calcium
 
34
mg
3
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.