Cholar Dal | How to make Cholar Dal

By Aparna Bhat  |  4th May 2017  |  
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About Cholar Dal Recipe

A delicious dal preparation with Chana dal is a very popular nutritious sidedish from Bengali Cuisine, recipe adapted from Kaushi Bhatia's recipe

Cholar Dal is an authentic dish which is perfect to serve on all occasions. The Cholar Dal is delicious and has an amazing aroma. Cholar Dal by Aparna Bhat will help you to prepare the perfect Cholar Dal in your kitchen at home. Cholar Dal needs 60 minutes for the preparation and 30 minutes for cooking. In the BetterButter app, you will find the step by step process of cooking Cholar Dal. This makes it easy to learn how to make the delicious Cholar Dal. In case you have any questions on how to make the Cholar Dal you can comment on the page below. The "What's cooking" feature on the BetterButter app can help you connect with our home chefs like Aparna Bhat. Cholar Dal will surely satisfy the taste buds of your guests and you will get compliments from your guests.

Cholar Dal

Ingredients to make Cholar Dal

  • chana dal 1 cup
  • turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon
  • Thin coconut slices, each about 1 inch - 10-12 pieces
  • bay leaf 1
  • cloves 3-4
  • cinnamon/dal chi ni piece 1 inch
  • cumin seeds 1/2 - 1 teaspoon
  • Red chillies 2, broken into bits
  • Finely grated ginger 2 teaspoon
  • Pinch of hing
  • salt to taste
  • ghee 2 tablespoon

How to make Cholar Dal

  1. Wash and soak chana dal in water for an hour
  2. Cook the dal soft either in open pan or pressure cooker
  3. Transfer the cooked dal to open pan and add sugar, salt, and turmeric powder
  4. Simmer it till most of the water is absorbed
  5. Meanwhile, heat ghee in a separate pan
  6. Add thin coconut slices and saute them until they are slightly golden brown in color and keep them aside
  7. In the same pan, now add bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon piece, cumin seeds, broken red chilies
  8. Saute them until all the spices turn slightly darker and emit a nice aroma
  9. Now add grated ginger, a pinch of Hing and stir for 30 seconds more and add all this to the cooked dal.
  10. Mix in 1 tbsp of roasted coconut slices too and cover the vessel with a lid
  11. Simmer everything for 3-4 minutes
  12. Adjust the consistency of dal by adding warm water, usually, this dal consistency is thick
  13. Switch of the flame, garnish with remaining fried coconut slices
  14. Cholar Dal is ready to be served hot with rice or chapatis.

My Tip:

Take care that dal should not be overcooked and each grain of dal should be visible.

Reviews for Cholar Dal (2)

Sheetal Sharma3 years ago

Love it!

Sukhmani Bedi3 years ago

very nice
Aparna Bhat
3 years ago
Thanks dear

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