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

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 (4)

Kamala Srivastava2 years ago

Nice n very nice

Palak Vadhel2 years ago


Saswati Biswas3 years ago

This is chana dal

Kanak Patel3 years ago

What is cholar dal...can i use arhar dal?
Dipanjan singh
2 years ago
cholar dal is chana dal