Fennel flavored chickpeas and bottle gourd curry-(gujarati dudhi-chana nu shaak)

Main Dish
4 servings
15 min
15 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 4
2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium bottle gourd /dudhi peeled ( about two cups when cubed)

1 15 ounces (425 g)can of organic tender cooked garbanzo beans /chickpeas

Note : If using dry chickpeas ,soak them overnight in water and boil them till tender but not mushy

1 large tomato

1 small red onion

1/4th inch grated fresh ginger

2 cloves garlic freshly grated

1 teaspoon brown sugar

2 tablespoons lemon juice

Tempering spices :

1 tsp Paanch Puran

[Paanch Puran is a mix five whole spices namely cumin,mustard,nigella(kalonji/onion seed),methi and fennel (saunf) mixed together in equal proportions ]

1 teaspoon fennel seeds

1 whole dry red chilli

Ground spices:

1/2 teaspoon turmeric pwdr

1 teaspoon coriander pwdr

1/2 teaspoon chili pwdr

1/2 teaspoon cumin pwdr

1/2 teaspoon pepper pwdr

1 teaspoon chana masala pwdr


  • Heat oil in a deep pan. Add the paanch puran to the hot oil ,the dry red whole chili and fennel seeds and toast for 10 secondes.
  • Add the sliced onion and stir till transluscent. Add the grated ginger garlic paste and stir .
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and ground spices : turmeric,chili,coriander,cumin ,chana masala pwdr , salt and pepper.
  • Stir fry and cook till the oil seperates from the mixture. Add the chopped dudhi and mix well. Cook covered for around 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the brown sugar and the whole can of chickpeas with 1 cup water ,mix well cover and cook for 15 minutes or till the dudhi is tender but not mushy.
  • Add the lemon juice . Serve hot with chapatis or white rice.


Fennel flavored Chickpeas and Bottle Gourd Curry-(Gujarati dudhi-chana nu shaak), photo 1Fennel flavored Chickpeas and Bottle Gourd Curry-(Gujarati dudhi-chana nu shaak), photo 2


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