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Dudhi Chana nu Shaak Recipe

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Dudhi chana nu shaak is a staple Gujarati shaak (subzi) made from dudhi, which is a type of squash. Dudhi is known as bottle gourd or opo squash in english, and lauki in Hindi.

Dudhi is a type of squash that should be eaten young while the flesh is still soft. It’s called “bottle gourd” because when it dries it resembles a bottle and can be used as a container.

Dudhi chana nu shaak

Dudhi is a much-used vegetable in Gujarati cuisine. Dudhi chana nu shaak is a dish my mom cooked for me often when I was a kid. It isn’t super common in the regular grocery store, but is easy to find at Indian and Asian grocers.

Dudhi or bottle gourd
Called “dudhi” in Gujarati, “lauki” in Hindi, or bottle gourd in English. This squash is best eaten while young when the flesh is more tender.

I think of it as pretty similar to zucchini, and if I wanted to make this dish and couldn’t find dudhi, I wouldn’t hesitate to use zucchini in its place.

Lauki subzi

How to Eat Dudhi Chana Nu Shaak

Dudhi chana nu shaak is a home-cooked shaak. It is a wet shaak, served as part of a meal I would add some sort of dry shaak, like tindora nu shaak or bharela bhindi (stuffed okra), and some kathor. It it also best eaten with some flatbread, like roti. It also pairs well with rice.

Tips for Making Dudhi Chana nu Shaak

  • Make sure to soak the chana. It’s a step I often skip, but not with this dish. Since chana takes longer to cook than dudhi, you’ve got to make sure it is well soaked so you do not overcook the vegetable.
  • I think of dudhi nu shaak as a spicy dish. I typically make it hotter than a typical shaak, it makes it feel more “authentic.” If you do not like spicy foods, you may want to cut back on the spice.
  • Like many Gujarati foods, this dish has sugar. I tend to go light on the gor (jaggery or sugar). Depending on your tastes you may add more to make it the more traditional way, or leave it out for a healthier alternative.
Dudhi chana

Dhudi Chana nu Shaak

A typical Gujarati shaak made in an Instant Pot with dudhi (bottle gourd), chana dal, tomatoes and Indian spices
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 312 kcal


  • 1 cup chana dal (split chickpeas)
  • 3 cups dudhi about 500 grams
  • 1 cup tomatoes chopped
  • 1 Tbsp garlic minced or grated
  • 3 Tbsp ghee or oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp asafoetida
  • 2 green chilies like Serrano or Jalapeno
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri chili powder or paprika
  • 2 tsp dhana jeeru 1 tsp ground cumin and 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp kasoori methi
  • 1 Tbsp jaggery (gor, or sugar)
  • ½ cup cilantro chopped
  • 2 tsp amchoor or lemon juice


  • Heat ghee or oil on the saute setting in your Instant Pot. When hot, add cumin, asafoetida, and green chilis. Cook for 10-20 seconds.
  • Add turmeric, Kashmiri chili powder, dhana jeeru (ground cumin/coriander mix), and garlic cloves.
    Add more spices
  • Add tomatoes, cook until soft.
    Add tomatoes
  • Then add dudhi, chana, salt, and 1 cup water. Close the lid. Cook on high for 15 minutes. Natural pressure release for 15 minutes.
    Add dudhi and channa
  • Add Kasoori methi, jaggery (or sugar), cilantro, and amchur (or lemon juice). Stir and serve.
    Add final spices



Calories: 312kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 8gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 83mgPotassium: 289mgFiber: 13gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 698IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 143mgIron: 3mg
Keyword bottle gourd, dudhi, shaak
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  1. looks so delicious, I am un familiar with some of the ingredient names will have to do some research, some products are limited in my area, but coincidentally, I made something similar just the other day

    1. Thank you, Linda! I’m curious which ingredients you were unfamiliar with. One of my goals for this year is to make this site a comprehensive resource on all of the less familiar ingredients. I’d love to hear any questions you have about any of them.

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