Cholar Dal ( Bengali Style )

By Priyanka Bapardekar  |  3rd May 2017  |  
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About Cholar Dal ( Bengali Style ) Recipe

Cholar dal is a traditional Bengali dish of dal. It is prepared from Chana dal. It is very delicious and thick in texture. Cholar dal is loaded with whole spices like cinnamon, cloves and bay leaves. Not only that, lightly fried crunchy coconut pieces and raisins enhance its taste. Do try, u will love it.

Cholar Dal ( Bengali Style ) is a delicious dish which is liked by people of all age groups. Cholar Dal ( Bengali Style ) by Priyanka Bapardekar has a step by step process of how to make the dish. This makes it very easy to understand for even beginners. This recipe can serve 4 people. You can find Cholar Dal ( Bengali Style ) at many restaurants and you can also prepare this at home. This authentic and mouthwatering Cholar Dal ( Bengali Style ) takes 60 minutes for the preparation and 20 minutes for cooking. When you want to prepare something delicious for a party or special occasion then Cholar Dal ( Bengali Style ) is a good option for you. The flavour of Cholar Dal ( Bengali Style ) is tempting and you will enjoy each bite of this. Try this Cholar Dal ( Bengali Style ) on weekends and impress your family and friends. You can comment and rate the Cholar Dal ( Bengali Style ) recipe on the page below.

Cholar Dal ( Bengali Style )

Ingredients to make Cholar Dal ( Bengali Style )

  • chana dal/Bengal gram 1 cup
  • turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
  • asafoetida ( Hing ) a pinch
  • coconut chips 2tsp
  • sugar 2 pinch
  • Grated ginger 1/2 tsp
  • Dhania powder/coriander powder 1/2tsp
  • raisins 1 tsp
  • cashewnuts 1 tsp (optional)
  • cumin seeds 1/4 tsp
  • bay leaves 2
  • Dry red chillies 2 nos.
  • cinnamon 1 inch
  • cloves ( laung ) 4 nos.
  • Green cardamoms 4 nos.
  • salt to taste
  • oil 1 tbsp

How to make Cholar Dal ( Bengali Style )

  1. Soak Chana dal/Bengal gram for 1 hour.
  2. Cook chana dal in pressure cooker till 3 whistles. Take care that, Chana dal should be whole and not mushy after cooking.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and lightly fry coconut chips till it becomes slightly golden colour and crunchy.
  4. Take fried coconut chips in a plate and keep aside. If using cashew nuts, fry it also and keep aside.
  5. In remaining oil, add cumin seeds. When cumin seeds crackles, add bay leaves ( Tejpatta ) and stir quickly.
  6. Add cardamoms, cinnamon and cloves followed by red chilles, and stir well.
  7. Add hing and stir. Add grated ginger and fry for 15 seconds. Add cooked chana dal.Add water accordingly.
  8. Add turmeric, dhania powder, salt, sugar, fried cashew nuts and raisins and stir lightly. ( stir lightly otherwise, chana dal will get mashed. )
  9. Cook the dal on simmer. It will become thick after 2-3 minutes.
  10. Add fried coconut chips, a little ghee and serve hot with Bengali Luchis or pooris. It tastes better with steamed rice also.

My Tip:

When dal cools, it will get thicker, so while preparing the dal, adjust water accordingly.

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