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Kaddu Ka Dalcha Recipe

Hyderabadi kaddu ka dalcha made with lentils and bottle gourd...
4 from 22 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dals
Cuisine Hyderabadi
Servings 6
Calories 200 kcal


For Tenderizing Dal:

  • 1 cup soaked toovar dal yellow lentils or chana dal(bengal gram)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 to matoes finely chopped
  • water 2 cups

For The Lauki Curry:

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ teaspoon shahi zeera seeds caraway seeds
  • 3-4 curry leaves
  • 2-3 slit green chillies
  • 1 small size bottle gourd/Lauki cut into long pieces
  • 2 medium sized onions finely sliced
  • 2-3 to matoes finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 cup water
  • salt -to taste

Other ingredients:

  • 1 small lemon sized tamarind extracted pulp
  • 2 teaspoon coriander leaves finely chopped for garnishing
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder powder of dalchini, elaichi, cloves, shahjeera
  • 5-6 curry leaves while boiling


For Tenderising Dal:

  • In a pressure cooker, add toovar dal, add turmeric powder, add tomatoes, add water and pressure cook until the dal is tenderized.
  • Cook it for about 10 minutes or 5-6 whistles.
  • Reduce the steam of the cooker, mash the dal by adding salt, add tamarind pulp, mix well, check if salt is required and keep aside.

For Cooking Bottle Gourd/Lauki:

  • In a pressure cooker, heat oil, add cinnamon stick, add caraway seeds, add curry leaves, add slit green chillies, add the chopped tomatoes, add the onion slices and saute for a while.
  • Add bottle gourd(lauki) slices, add ginger garlic paste, add turmeric powder, add pinch of red chilli powder, mix well, add water, add salt as per taste and pressure cook for about 3 whistles for the lauki to get soft.
  • Lastly Combine everything that is the dal with tamarind pulp and the cooked Kaddu curry all together.
  • To it add garam masala powder, curry leaves, coriander leaves, add some sugar to kill the sour taste(optional).
  • Bring the whole mixture to a boil on sim flame.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Serve with rice or bagara khana.



1.Sugar can be added if the tamarind pulp is added in excess. Some like the sour taste but some may not prefer so one can add sugar in minute quantity in order to kill the sour taste which is totally optional.
2.Also add few mint leaves as optional ingredient while boiling dal to enhance the taste.


Nutrition Facts
Kaddu Ka Dalcha Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 200
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.