Subru Uncle's Doodhi Chane Ki Dal ( Yellow Lentils With Pumpkin

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READY IN: 1hr 30mins
Recipe by Charishma_Ramchanda

This is a staple in my house on every Thursday. We all love this. This is my dad's second favourite lentil curry after Toor dal! I will be making this alot in the US while on my holiday! Hope you enjoy this as much as we do! You can cook the lentils in your pressure cooker in just 30 minutes! It turns out really wonderful! Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup channa dal, cleaned, washed, soaked in water and drained
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric powder
  • 12 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 2 12 teaspoons salt
  • 4 -5 cups water
  • 3 -4 garlic cloves, peeled, washed and finely chopped
  • 2 medium green chilies, washed and chopped
  • 12 inch fresh ginger, peeled, washed and finely chopped
  • 2 medium onions, peeled, washed and finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, peeled, washed and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 1 large tomatoes, washed, peeled and chopped into 1 inch sized cubes
  • 1 medium tomatoes, washed, peeled and chopped into 1 inch sized cubes
  • 1 large white pumpkin, washed, peeled, de-seeded and diced into cubes (we call it 'doodhi' in Hindi, You should have about 1 1/2 cups of pumpkin chopped into cubes) (optional)
  • 12 cup dried kasuri methi, crumbled between your palms


  1. Heat oil in a pressure cooker or pot on medium flame.
  2. Once the oil is hot, lower flame and add cumin seeds to it.
  3. Allow to crackle.
  4. Once it stops crackling, add ginger, garlic, onion and green chillies.
  5. Mix well and stir-fry until the raw smell of ginger and garlic is gone, and the onions are softened.
  6. Drain the chana dal (lentils) and add it to the ginger-garlic mixture. Then, add the turmeric powder, kasoori methi, red chilli powder, salt, white pumpkin and the tomatoes.
  7. Mix well and add water to allow the lentils to cook.
  8. Cover and cook on medium flame for 20 minutes or till the lentils are soft {upto 3-4 whistles in your pressure cooker should be heard before you remove the cooker from heat}.
  9. Serve with rotis or bread or Dad's Half-way Sindhi and half-way yellow rice recipe.
  10. Enjoy!

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