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Cholar Dal

cholar dal bengal

Cholar (chana) Dal by Ratna Prakash


  1. Chana (Bengal gram)Dal -2 cups, soaked overnight or at least 2 hours
  2. Onion -1, diced fine ( about 3/4 cup )
  3. Tomato-1,chopped into small pieces (about3/4 cup)
  4. Ginger-3/4 inch piece of fresh ginger, diced fine
  5. Coriander Leaves- 1 tablespoon, chopped, to garnish
  6. Coconut- 3Tablespoons, grated
  7. Fennel Seeds-1/2 Teaspoon
  8. Onion( kalaunji) Seeds-1/2 Teaspoon
  9. Bay Leaf( tej patta)-1 small
  10. Cinnamon-1/2 inch piece
  11. Green Cardamoms-6
  12. Cloves-3
  13. Green Chillies-3
  14. Ghee-1 Tablespoon
  15. Turmeric Powder-1/2 Teaspoon
  16. Sugar-1 Teaspoon
  17. Roasted Cumin Powder-1 pinch
  18. Salt-to taste


Boil the dal with salt and turmeric powder till it is soft, but not mushy. Heat 2 tablespoons of ghee and toss in all the whole spices. Add the diced onion and ginger. Sauté  till onions are soft. Add tomatoes and stir till the tomatoes are cooked. Add dal, let it come to the boil, then add coconut and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Add a pinch of  roasted cumin powder. Garnish with chopped coriander before serving. It  should be enough for 6 to 8 people.

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