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Dhokar dalna

Sreemoyee Bhattacharjee
20 minutes
Prep Time
40 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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ABOUT Dhokar dalna RECIPE

This is special dish from West Bengal, made with channa dal. A delicious and unusual delicacy to go with rice.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Medium
  • Festive
  • West Bengal
  • Simmering
  • Frying
  • Main Dish
  • Egg Free

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. Chana dal (soaked) - 1 cup
  2. Kalaunji/ onion seeds - 1/2 tsp
  3. Jeera - 1 tsp
  4. Dry red chillies - 2
  5. Bay leaf - 1
  6. Tomatoes (chopped) - 2
  7. Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
  8. Jeera Powder - 1/2 tsp
  9. Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp
  10. Ginger paste - 1 tsp
  11. Salt as per taste
  12. Refined oil- for frying
  13. Garam masala powder - 1/4 tsp


  1. Strain the chana dal and coarsely paste it using minimal amount if water in a mixer grinder.
  2. Heat a nonstick pan with little oil.
  3. Add the kalonji followed by the chana dal paste.
  4. Add little turmeric powder and salt. Cook till the paste becomes a dough and excess water is soaked.
  5. Now roll this dough and cut into diamond shapes.
  6. Heat ample amount of oil in a kadai and deep fry these channa dal paste pieces. Keep aside.
  7. Now to make the gravy, heat little oil in a kadai.
  8. Add the bay leaf, dry red chillies and jeera. Once they smell, add the chopped tomatoes.
  9. Stir and add the ginger paste.
  10. Add the powdered masalas except garam masala powder and salt. Cook on a low flame with a lid on.
  11. Cook till the masala leaves oil. Add water and bring upto boil.
  12. Once the gravy is thick, add the deep fried chana dal pieces.
  13. Sprinkle garam masala powder, check for salt and serve.

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Diksha Wahi
Diksha Wahi   May-10-2017


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