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Lentils with Vegetable Curry | Chana Dal with Zucchini & Carrot | Zucchini Dal Recipe | Tasty Lunch or Dinner Recipe

Zucchini and Carrots cooked with chana dal, tomato-based curry makes a flavorful dish. This dal is great with paratha, chapati, steamed rice, or cumin rice. My mom would often make Chana Dal (Split Garbanzo Beans) with Lauki (Bottle Gourd) with onion, tomato, garlic, ginger, and homemade grounded spices. It was yummy every time.

Lentils with Vegetable Curry

Chana dal” is split chickpeas. Dal is often translated as “lentils” but refers to any pulse (lentils, peas, chickpeas [chana], kidney beans, etc.) that’s split in half. Chana dal is rich in B complex vitamins such as B1,B2,B3, and B9 which plays an important role in glucose metabolism. Chana dal is rich in dietary fiber. Hence, one cup of cooked Chana Dal can account for half of the required fibre intake for the day.

Chana Dal

Lauki is a part of the cucumber family and grows in the warmer areas of the world. It is not only light and easy to digest but is also great for weight loss. Not just the lauki sabzi, that we usually eat, but even its juice is considered great for losing weight. Some of my favorite recipes with Lauki – Lauki Ka HalwaLauki Chana Dal Curry and Lauki Shimla Mirch Sabzi.

Lentils with Vegetable Curry

Lauki is not a common vegetable here in Netherlands. But, zucchini is easily available here. Zucchini is also known as Courgette is a summer squash and is widely available in yellow and green colors in the stores. I love this veggie and I almost add this yummy veggie in my everyday cooking and in baking as well. I used zucchini in making sambhar, vermicelli, omelette, aloo tikkibread pakoras and Reyansh favorite Zucchini Chocolate Cake.

Yummy Zucchini Chocolate Cake

Zucchini (courgette) looks like it belongs to the family of cucumber, bottle gourd(dudhi). This green and medium thin vegetable is a bunch of benefits, which is well known to reduce weight, yet still boosting the nutrient value of your diet. Great for maintaining eye, heart and overall good health.

Lunch Recipe

Lentils with Vegetable Curry | Chana Dal with Zucchini & Carrot

A simple yet, delicious, healthy combination of Lentils and Vegetable, is full of nutrients and fibre. This curry is easy to make and is good for everyone in the family as it is high in protein.

Perfect Lunch Plate – Chana dal, Cumin Rice, Curd & Spicy Salad

Ingredients :
Zucchini – 1 medium (grated)
Chana daal ( soaked for 4 hours or overnight ) – 1 cup
Finely chopped onion – 1
Finely chopped ginger – 1/2 inch
Finely chopped garlic – 4
Finely chopped green chilly- 2
Finely chopped tomato – 2
Finely chopped coriander – 1/4 cup

Whole Garam Masalas:
Cinnamon stick – 1 inch
Clove – 3
Black cardamom – 1
Black pepper – 3

Spices:
Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
Turmeric  – 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder – 2 tsp
Sabzi masala  or Chana masala- 1 tsp
Olive oil -2 tbsp
Butter – 2 cubes
Salt to taste

Zucchini Dal Recipe

Method :

  1. Combine grated zucchini chana dal, salt, and pinch turmeric with 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker, mix well and cook for 3 whistles. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Keep it aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan and add cumin seeds.
  3. When cumin seeds crackle add whole garam masalas and saute for 15 seconds.
  4. Then add chopped onions and saute on a medium flame until translucent. Now add ginger, garlic, and cook for 5 minutes on low flame.
  5. Add coriander powder, turmeric, red chili powder, sabzi masala. Mix them well and add chopped tomato. Cook until masala leaves oil on the medium-low flame.
  6. Now add the boiled zucchini chana dal and mix well. Cook on a medium flame for another 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  7. Now add butter cubes and garnished with coriander leaves. Served with hot jeera rice.
Chana Dal with Zucchini & Carrot

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