Chalkumra dal (Ash gourd Dal Curry)

    45 mins

    Chalkumra Dal is a light and healthy curry cooked as an everyday dish. It is served with plain white rice.


    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    6 people made this

    Serves: 5 

    • 3/4 of a chalkumra ( 350 g)
    • 1-1.5 tablespoon of vegetable oil
    • 1 tablespoon of onion slices
    • Just a pinch of pach foron (ive seasoning spices (Aniseed, Fenugreek, Celery, Bishop's Weed, Fennel)
    • 2-3 bay leaves
    • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin paste
    • 1/2 teaspoon of ginger paste
    • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder
    • 1 teaspoon of red chili powder
    • Salt as needed
    • water as needed
    • 1 cup dal
    • 3-4 green chilies
    • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin powder

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Peel the skin of the chalkumra and cut into small cubes.
    2. Heat a frying pan with oil and fry the onions for a bit. Now add the pach foron, bay leaves and cubed chalkumra.
    3. Stir well and add cumin and ginger paste, turmeric and red chili powder and salt. Add 1 cup of water and cook with lid on until the water dries up and oil starts to float on top.
    4. Take the lid out and add the boiled dal and another 1/2 cup of water. Cook until the water dries up to form a thick gravy. By now the oil should start to float on top again.
    5. Sprinkle the green chilies and add another 1-2 cups of water ( according to preferred thickness of gravy) and cook until the water dries up.
    6. Sprinkle the cumin powder and stir well.
    7. Serve with plain white rice.

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