Bengali Special Cholar Dal (Chana Dal) | How to make Bengali Special Cholar Dal (Chana Dal)

By Bethica Das  |  11th Apr 2018  |  
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  • Bengali Special Cholar Dal (Chana Dal), How to make Bengali Special Cholar Dal (Chana Dal)
Bengali Special Cholar Dal (Chana Dal)by Bethica Das
  • Prep Time

    60

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  • Cook Time

    20

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  • Serves

    3

    People

2

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About Bengali Special Cholar Dal (Chana Dal) Recipe

This is a traditional dal prepared in every Bengali household, especially during special occasions. It can be enjoyed with hot luchis (pooris) or stuffed peas kachoris (koraishutir kochuri) during your weekend breakfast. It simply tastes divine. It also goes well with plain steamed rice or pulao. Please note this is a "no onion & no garlic" recipe. You can also add few fried coconut slices for some crunch. I always like to have this delicious dal with a dash of lime.

Bengali Special Cholar Dal (Chana Dal)

Ingredients to make Bengali Special Cholar Dal (Chana Dal)

  • 1 cup chana dal (Bengal Gram Lentil)
  • 1 tsp. ginger, chopped
  • 2 whole dry red chillies
  • 1" cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 cardamoms
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp. fresh coconut, grated
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. ghee
  • 2 tbsp. mustard oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. fresh grated coconut & 2 slit green chilies for garnishing

How to make Bengali Special Cholar Dal (Chana Dal)

  1. Soak the chana dal for an hour and boil till soft but not mushy.
  2. Temper the oil with bay leaves, dry red chilies, cardamoms, cinnamon, cloves and cumin seeds. Add the ginger and saute for a few seconds.
  3. Add the coconut and fry till light brown.
  4. Add the boiled dal, salt, sugar and turmeric powder and simmer.
  5. Serve, garnished with fresh grated coconut and slit green chilies.

Reviews for Bengali Special Cholar Dal (Chana Dal) (1)

Shelly Sharma6 months ago

Simple yet delicious!
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