Kheksi Chana dal ki sabji

Kheksi or spiny gourd is a seasonal vegetable. In Chattishgarh and other parts of central India, it is cooked along with bengal gram.


  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Oil
  • Mustard seeds
  • Hing
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kasuri methi
  • 250 grams Kheksi, chopped
  • Chana dal, soaked in water
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • jeera powder
  • coriander seed powder
  • red chilli powder


  1. Heat oil. Splutter mustard seeds, green chillies and hing.
  2. Add and saute onion and garlic. Saute till onions change colour.
  3. Add Kasuri methi and turmeric powder. Mix well.
  4. Add soaked chana dal and mix well.
  5. Cover and allow dal to cook for sometime.
  6. Add kheksi. Roast for minutes.
  7. Add chopped tomatoes. Adjust taste with salt, red chilli powder, jeera powder and coriander seed powder.
  8. Cover and cook till dal is cooked.
  9. Garnish with green coriander leaves. Serve Kheksi chana dal ki sabji with hot roti.

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