Cholar Dal or Bengali Style Chana Dal
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Serves: 4
For Boiling
  • Bengal grams / chana dal - 1 cup, washed and soaked in water
  • Water - 2 cups to boil dal
  • Salt - 1 teaspoon
For Tempering
  • Ghee / clarified butter - 1 tablespoon
  • Cumin seeds - ½ teaspoon
  • Dried Red Chili - 1 whole
  • Cloves - 2
  • Cinnamon Stick - ½ an inch
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece grated
  • Turmeric Powder - ½ teaspoon
  • Salt - to taste
  • Sugar - ½ teaspoon
  • Fresh coconut - ⅓rd cup cut into small bits (white parts along with the thin brown scale
  • Turmeric powder
  1. Pressure cook the soaked lentils in water with a pinch of salt
  2. Cook till three whistles or till lentils are soft
  3. In a wok heat ghee and fry the coconut bits
  4. Spoon them out and keep aside
  1. In the same ghee add red chili, cloves, cinnamon, cumin seeds and fry
  2. When they start sputtering add grated ginger and fry
  3. Pour the boiled lentils in this along with the residual water
  4. Add turmeric powder and mix
  5. Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes
  6. Add the fried coconut bits, cover and cook for another 1-2 minutes
  7. Serve the hot creamy cholar dal with hot luchi
garnish with green chilies and chopped coriander (optional)
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4 Calories: 283 Fat: 21g Saturated fat: 18g Unsaturated fat: 2g Carbohydrates: 25g Sugar: 22g Sodium: 762mg Fiber: 2g Protein: 2g Cholesterol: 8mg
Recipe by Twinkling Tina Cooks at