Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Moog Dal Chora diye Lau -- Lauki complemented with roasted Moog Dal

Today is not really a day to write about Lau. I have my sniffles. The temperature is more like Fall than Summer. There is no way that I need a vegetable to cool me down. I am cold already. But this recipe had been cooked and written way back in the heat of summer. With the surfeit of Lau in my blog around that time, I probably gave this a miss.I better post it I thought before the temperature drops further and eating bowlfuls of hot soup in warm jackets make much more sense than eating a lauki.



The lauly thoughts that both my daughters are having these days also pushed me to be done with all lau recipes for this year.

Couple days back, I was home with LS. The big sis was in school and we were supposed to go and drop off something at her school.

On the way to school LS said : Ami Didi ke shobcheye bhalobashi(I love Didi most)
Me, with a flutter in my heart: Ar amake ? (And Me?)
LS confidently : Tomake Medium !!

I did not dare to ask her to elaborate on this further. It was only a month back that she suggested that I live in a separate house and she would come and visit me only in the evenings. She had tried to assure me that it would be just fine and she would play hide and seek when she came by. You might be wondering about my maternal traits and what I do to that child but trust me I am okay and not really all that bad.
Honestly reading a lot of Mom blogs I often have futile hopes that the girls will spout niceties about me  which I can put on proud display here. That apparently is not happening.

But I will keep at it for looks like there is hope lurking somewhere.

Big Sis did have something nice to say about me by the way. For their Back to School night they were to write an autobiography. And on that night, we, the parents, were supposed to read it. Big Sis had "smart, nice and hard working" for her Dad and for me the adjectives were "nice" and "luminous". Now clearly I had expected something more than just plain nice; I love words like fabulous, awesome etc. as adjectives.But it was the luminous that actually threw me off.

Me: Why do you think I am luminous ?
BS: Errr...because you are bright.
Ahem. With the scarcity of compliments around here I will grab anything that comes my way.



Now to the Moog Dal Chora diye Lau which is very different from Lau diye Moog Dal.

Confused ? Con-foo-sed ?

Well in the latter, that is in Lau diye Moog dal, the dal plays the main role and the bottle gourd is just an add on. The recipe for that kind of dal is almost similar to the Tetor Dal , yellow moong dal cooked with bitter gourd and lauki, in our home.

In the former it is the bottlegourd--the lauki--which makes the dish with the dal complementing it. The Moog Dal er Chora means a sprinkle of Moog Dal which accentuates the dish but you can really call it by any other name and increase or decrease the proportion of lentils. Some homes use very little moog dal, literally a sprinkle and cook it along with the gourd while my Mother makes it this way. My Ma makes both of these very often and we like the Moog Dal Chora diye Lau a lot around our home.




Moog Dal Chora Diye Lau


Wash and peel lau/lauki/bottlegourd. Chop in thin cubes. I had almost 4-5 cups of chopped, cubed lau

Roast 1/4 cup of Yellow Moong dal for couple of minutes till 50% of the lentil turns brown. You will know with the warm nutty smell that it is done. Careful and don't burn the dal.

Cook the dal with about double the water in a pressure cooker. 3 minutes on full pressure.
If cooking in a pan start with 1 cup of water but you might need to add more later. It takes almost 25-30 mins to cook the dal on stove top. The dal should be almost cooked with the lentils separate and a little bite remaining. Also the sabzi is a dry one so the cooked dal should not have any water.

While the dal is cooking start with the bottlegourd.

Heat 1 tbsp Vegetable oil in a kadhai/saute pan.

Temper the Oil with
a slim 2" cinnamon stick,
2 green elaichi,
4 clove,
1 tej patta,
2 dry red chili

When the whole spices starts popping add 1/2 tbsp of freshly grated ginger. Follow soon with a paste of
2 tbsp of pureed tomato or half of a tomato chopped
2 tsp of Cumin Powder
1 tsp Coriander Powder

Fry the masala for 4-5 minutes and then add the chopped lau aka bottlegourd
Add about 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder and mix well with the masala. 
Add salt to taste. 
Add a couple of green chili slit through. 
Let the bottlegourd cook. It will release a lot of water but don't panic, let it cook with some quick stirs in between.

When the bottle gourd is almost done check the dal. The Dal should be almost done now. Add the dal sans any water to the gourd. Mix well and let it cook together. 

Check and adjust for salt. Add about 1/2 tsp of sugar and a touch of ghee. When both the lau and the dal is fully cooked switch off the heat and garnish with chopped fresh coriander leaves.

Type rest of the post here

47 comments:

  1. What a hilarious post! "Because you are bright!"

    Simi

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  2. Hi Luminous! :-) The Lau (main) with Moong (add on) sounds great!! I can't think why anyone would make plain Lau, once they know this version, the add-on making it so much more interesting, and nutritious too! Thanks for posting!

    Take heart, BS is just not finding words adequate enough to describe you - using a big word is her way of giving you the highest compliment! LilSis is a diffferent matter entirely :-) :-) :-) With both of them so different, you are going to so enjoy their growing up - keep posting, as we enjoy it too!! :-)

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    1. Ha, ha :-D Lau gets boring over the Indian summer and I guess that is why the variations.
      As I said in another comment, I can only be happy that she did not say "incandescent"

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  3. Of course you are luminous!
    This looks good, will make it soon.

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    1. Thanks Dipali. And that I am not sure about :-)

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  4. ya...how true,
    my situation is also like big S .......Read your post almost every day (but never find adequate words to write back or describe you)and that too before i start my work in office ...just to have some freshness either from the recipes, your posts, pictures and those cute bong translations ......and above all to have a hearty laugh .....really salute to your sense of humor....."Luminous" ..NOT BAD.

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    1. Thanks so much to take time to write. It is always a pleasure when an anon reader leaves a comment

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  5. You know , i simply ADORE this dish ... but i never found it in any cookbook ... thanks so much for posting it !! & 'Luminous' is really a wonderful compliment , u can literally 'bask' in it :) :)

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    1. "Basking" I am ;-) And yes this dish is really nice, my Ma makes it very often.

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  6. @ Sandeepa: luminous is such a nice adjective...bhishon bhalo laglo...
    Fabulous-tabulous gulo old fashioned...too used.....THIS sounds great!
    Hi Five to BSis on my behalf!
    ;-)
    cheers,
    d

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    1. Okay Dayeeta, tomake ami "Luminous" bolchi, eto bhalo legeche tomar :)

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  7. Medium luminous - Not bad methinks :)

    I just finished a huge bottle gourd that my neighbor gave fresh off his vine and I let it sit in my fridge because need I say it is not one of my favorite vegetables :(

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    1. "Medium Luminous" -- ahem, that sounds scary now. All the veggies I hated once are the ones I embrace now.

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  8. Khub ek chot haslam lekha ta pore, but I must say u r very lucky to have such wonderful daughters, kemon hatke adjective bar koreche......and thanks to u for illuminating all of us with wonderful recipes..:)

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  9. WOW!...Hope you are basking in your luminous glory. Ha ha ha .....Moogdaal diye lau is a common recipe of my mother's household, and hence a familiar one from childhood. Obviously the merits of such a healthy treat was not often appreciated in childhood. Over the years, and after being in Delhi for last 14 years, we often do a variation, i.e. ghiya chana....chholar daal diye laau. No sauteying reqd for the daal in this case. And the tadka is hing, jeera, ginger, tomato, and shukno lanka if you are fond of.Among the powdered spices, add turmeric, jeera, and red chilli(optional) You can top it up with a dollop of homemade ghee(optional). Goes well in summers as well as in winters, with rice as well as with roti. Dont remember if you have covered it before, else you may try once to test the taste. :)

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    1. Hyaan same in my Mother's home. The one "lau diye moog dal" would always be tetor dal. Chana Dal + Lau also sounds a good combo, maybe more exotic than this one.

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  10. So innocently she has tagged you as luminous ..so new and different...Besh makha makha hoyeche dekhte..yummy

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    1. Hyaan Deepasri, eita makha makha i hobe, dal er moton noy.

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  11. We often made this, you made it wonderfully. Simple but too tasty with steamed rice.

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    1. It does taste good with steamed rice. Good to know you make it too. Is it the same way ?

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  12. C'mon S, see the brighter side Big sis has . She used a rarer synonymn for bright which kids of her age hardly use.My guju auntie makes a similar one with little variation but your looks more yummier . Will have to try it this weekend.

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    1. BC
      I recently learned a similar thing from the newly minted Gujju auntie too but with greens. Loved it

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  13. How i wish we get this veg, i love it, and this dish looks so good.

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    1. Yes we are privileged to get almost all Indian veggies here

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  14. Luminous you! Lauminous you!

    But honestly, luminous is such a nice compliment. It's a much more evocative and evolved word than the usual compliments of lovely, great, fantastic, etc - adds another layer to the appreciation, actually.

    I'd love to feel luminous, especially as I'm feeling full of dark circles and fatigue!

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    1. Ha, Ha, Lauminous sounds ominous. But good she at least didn't say incandescent

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  15. I agree with the luminous adjective. I can see that you are bright from your posts. Love reading them. Hope you get brighter and brighter.

    My husband's didima used to make chholar daal with lau shaak and it was so tasty. I don't get the shaak here, so the only thing I can do is to lament.

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    1. Grow your own next summer. We did pumpkin a few times only for the flower and shaak

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  16. Luminous sounds totally out of the box and nice compliments especially for you :) LOL about ur little S!
    Quiet a flavorful bottlegourd recipe.

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  17. Another wonderful post which brought a smile to my lips, again.Luminous indeed.....

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  18. I love the stories about your girls!

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  19. Thanks for the wonderful recipes and the illustrations that go with them. I was looking for the low fat butter chicken recipe that you mentioned in one of your blogs but couldn't find it. Do you still have it. Luminous...love it..out of the mouth of babes. Thanks.

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    1. Sorry Rinita, will check and re post it.

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  20. How luminous you are!!:) It's actually a lovely word... me likes! My lil one goes "you are the best mummy in the whole world ever" and in the same breath she says " i don't like you, you are not my friend ever again, hmph" when things are not going her way!! So luminous sounds really 'nice' to me :)

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  21. I think Luminous is a nice way to describe you - bright, sharp and spreading joy around :) With BS and LS there is never a dull moment in your house. he he
    never had this growing up but bookmarking it for my weekend conversation with maa and baba.

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  22. I have no doubt u r 'luminious' sandeepa - banglay gyaner aloo to bolai jay. bachchader vocabulary build hote dekha ta khub mojar! amar ma khub lau chingri banay. ami lau khub akta kini na. tobe ei mug daal ta motamuti eibhabei gajor-beans aar onion diye banai - seta chele nirbibade kheye nay. veggies ta or stomach e chalan korar eta amar akta sahoj upay :) lau ta try kore dekhbo :)

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  23. So many things to be smiling about - a daughter who has unordinary vocabulary, and another who had your sense of humour. You'll be entertained for a lifetime :)

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