Cholar Daal or Dal | How to make Cholar Daal or Dal

By Pranav Shah  |  18th Jul 2015  |  
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About Cholar Daal or Dal Recipe

A favorite party Daal, cooked thick and flavoured with spices and garnished with coconut

The delicious and mouthwatering Cholar Daal or Dal is a famous dish of West Bengal and is very much popular in the whole worldwide. This dish is often reserved for any special occasion like parties or festivals. Cholar Daal or Dal is the best option for you when you want to eat or cook something really perfect. It is an amazing dish which is liked by the people of every age group. The flavorful and saporous ingredients are the key to the amazing taste of Cholar Daal or Dal. Pranav Shah shared this Cholar Daal or Dal recipe which is perfect to serve for 6 people. The step by step process with pictures will help you to know how to make the delicious Cholar Daal or Dal. It is not a typical restaurant style recipe but a simple homely comforting recipe which is best to understand for the beginners. It is an easy and simple recipe that is perfect to make in a jiffy for a weekend lunch or dinner. Try this delicious Cholar Daal or Dal recipe at your home and surprise your family and friends.

Cholar Daal or Dal

Ingredients to make Cholar Daal or Dal

  • Cholar Daal (Bengal gram) 250 grams
  • water 6 cups
  • green chillies 4-6
  • turmeric powder 1 tsp
  • sugar 3 tsp
  • salt to taste
  • oil 2 tbsp or ghee 1 tbsp
  • bayleaf 2
  • coconut grated
  • cinnamon 1 piece
  • cardomoms 3-4
  • cloves 4-6
  • red chillies 2 (dried)
  • cumin seeds 1 tsp

How to make Cholar Daal or Dal

  1. Heat a frying pan well, reduce heat and roast separately cinnamon, cardamoms and cloves, the dried red chillies and cumin seeds. Grind the garam masala and other spices separately to a fine powder.
  2. Bring the water to boil in a pan and add the cholar daal. Take the scum off the daal and reduce the heat. Cook until it is half done. Add the green chillies.
  3. Add the turmeric, sugar and salt to taste. Cover and cook until done over a medium fire. Make note that the daal should be stirred continuously so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
  4. In a small frying pan, heat the oil or ghee to smoking. Reduce heat and add the bay leaves and the coconut. Add daal and fry until the coconut is light brown.
  5. Cover and simmer for 5 mins. The consistency of the daal should be thick, and the taste should be sweet (not too much).
  6. To finish, sprinkle the powdered garam masala, the red chilli powder and cumin seed powder over the daal and cover. Do not stir until ready to serve.
  7. Serve hot, garnished with grated coconut and coriander leaves, with roti or steamed rice.

My Tip:

Soak the daal for 10-15 mins before cooking to lessen the cooking time. Also youu can add a bit of chilli powder to spice it up.

Reviews for Cholar Daal or Dal (2)

Kamala Srivastava3 years ago

Nice n very nice

Palak Vadhel3 years ago


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