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The ‘quick fix’ chana dal chutney!

Aparna Parinam
5 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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ABOUT The ‘quick fix’ chana dal chutney! RECIPE

Who can resist these tangy chutneys which can be savored either with plain rice, idlis, dosas, rotis or even upma? This time it is the versatile chana dal chutney. Due to its low glycemic index, this chutney is suitable for diabetic patients. It is a quick fix chutney and can be prepared in less than 20 minutes! I remember my mother making this chutney with great ease and it always turned out to be very tasty. I have shared my mother, Ramani’s recipe here.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Everyday
  • Andhra Pradesh
  • Side Dishes
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. 1 cup split bengal gram (Chana dal)
  2. 1 tablespoon cumin seeds (Jeera)
  3. 2 tablespoons shredded coconut (optional)
  4. 2 - 3 red chillies (may vary as per taste)
  5. 3 - 4 teaspoons tamarind pulp/water (may vary as per taste)
  6. ¼ - ½ cup water (may need more for desired consistency)
  7. salt as per taste


  1. 1.	Fry chana dala and jeera in a wok (kadhai), until the raw odor of the dal is dispelled and until faint reddish color is seen. Do not let it turn brown (or get burnt)
  2. 2.	Fry chilies (made into pieces) separately for minutes in a wok (kadhai) Dry grind the chillies first, followed by chana dal and jeera. Add shredded coconut (optional), then add the tamarind pulp to make a paste .
  3. 3.	Add water and salt. Grind to a smooth paste until coarse or fine . 4.	Note: You may grind the chutney to have a coarser chutney or finer chutney, as per your taste/ preference.
  4. 5.	Adding Jeera and shredded coconut is optional. However these add an enhanced zing to this chutney.

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Andrea Srivastava
Andrea Srivastava   Jan-05-2017

This sounds absolutely delicious!

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