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Saturday, 12 May 2018

Chana Dal Recipe | Split Bengal Gram Curry Recipe | Dal Recipes

Chana Dal Recipe | Split Bengal Gram Curry Recipe
Chana Dal | Split Bengal Gram Curry #Recipe
Chana Dal is another of the regularly made lentil dish in my house. Also known as Bengal gram, chana dal is nothing but split black chana (chickpeas) with the husk removed. When this lentil is powdered we get the gram flour or besan.

The recipe for chana dal/ split Bengal gram curry is quite simple. The only thing to make sure is that you should soak the dal at least an hour or so, for it to be cooked properly. Also, the texture of this dish is not smooth. Some of the grains of the lentil should retain its shape. So, be sure to not overcook it. It is a nutritious dish and goes well with plain or jeera rice. It can also be served as a side dish along with the main course.
Some other recipes that you can check out:

Dal Makhani
Restaurant Style Dal Tadka
Puran Poli
Khaman Dhokla

Let's check out the recipe for chana dal/ split Bengal gram curry now.

Chana Dal Recipe | Split Bengal Gram Curry Recipe
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Chana Dal | Split Bengal Gram Curry Recipe

Serves – 4 | Soaking Time: 1 hour | Preparation Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 20 minutes

1 cup: 250 ml


¾ cup chana dal (Bengal gram)
½ tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste

2 tbsp oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 large tomato, finely chopped
3-4 tbsp chopped capsicum
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
2 tsp cumin seeds
¼ tsp asafetida
1 green chilli slit ( adjust to taste)
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp amchur
1/2 tsp garam masala

A handful of chopped coriander leaves for garnishing
Lemon juice while serving (optional)


1. Wash and rinse the dal with water 2-3 times before soaking it in fresh water for at least an hour.

2. Take a pressure cooker (3 litres capacity is good), add the soaked dal (discard the water it was soaked in), salt, turmeric powder, and add 2 cups of water.

3. Cook it on medium to high heat for 5 to 6 whistles. Once done, let the pressure settle on its own, open the lid.

4. In a pan/ kadhai, heat the oil. Once the oil is heated through, add the bay leaves, asafetida, and cumin seeds, garlic and slit green chilli. Add the chopped onions and saute it till they are translucent. Add tomatoes and capsicum and cooked them covered till the tomatoes are soft and mushy. Add red chilli powder, amchur and garam masala and stir.

5. Now add the cooked chana dal into the pan and stir well. Let it simmer on medium heat for 5 minutes. Take it off the gas. Add coriander leaves. Add lemon juice if you like and serve hot with rice or as a side along with the main course.

Chana Dal Recipe | Split Bengal Gram Curry Recipe

This Chana Dal/Split Bengal Gram Curry Recipe is my entry for BM 88 Week 2 Day #2 under the theme 'Dazzling Dals'. For day#1 I had posted Restaurant Style Dal Tadka.

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  1. Chana dal looks simply fabulous. What an eye pleasing dish. Am sure this dal tastes extremely delicious when served along with rotis na.

  2. That is a comforting bowl of dal. This is such a tasty side dish for rice and rotis. Love such simple recipes..


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