Chana dal recipe | Chana dal fry recipe | Chana dal tadka

This chana dal recipe is made with bengal gram which is cooked with onion, tomatoes and some aromatic spices to make it flavorful. If you are a beginner this chana dal tadka recipe is for you. If you want to eat something delicious but high in protein-packed indian lentils without giving much effort then must try this chana dal fry recipe. Follow the below step by step instructions on how to make chana dal recipe?chana dal recipe, chana dal fry , chana dal tadka

This chana dal fry recipe is not only tastes delicious but also very easy to cook at home. To cook perfectly chana dal recipe, you have to properly follow the below step by step instructions.

 

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What is chana dal?

In india chana dal is popularly known as bengal gram or split chickpeas. This chana dal comes from whole black chickpeas or kala chana where the outer husk is removed and split into pieces.

Besides this chana dal has lots of benefits as they are rich source of protein, high in fibre and zinc and almost fulfils our daily protein intake in a low carb diet.

 

 

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What to serve with chana dal fry recipe?

If you cook this simple chana dal fry recipe for your family then chana dal is best served with steamed basmati rice or jeera rice even roti or naan goes well along with cucumber raita and some papads and some vegetable dish.

 

Tips to make the best chana dal fry recipe

 

  • Choice of lentils : Always try to buy fresh lentils available from the market don’t buy any old lentils because they will take too much time to cook.

 

  • Choice of veggies: Always try to use fresh ripe tomatoes either chopped or puree for the base of this chana dal fry recipe. For veggies like carrots, ridge gourd, and bottle gourd try to cook them with lentils in a pressure cooker.

 

  • Cooking method: If you soak chana dal for at least 1 to 2 hours then it will cook faster. First pressure cook the chana dal and mashed it they add in tempered masalas in the pan.

 

  • Spices: Use only good quality spices from any popular brand available in the market. For bright colour, i use kashmiri red chili powder, some kasuri methi and coriander leaves for enhancing the aroma of the chana dal recipe.

 

  • Tadka and Smoke: Though it is not necessary if you give tadka or smoke using dhunagar method then the taste of your chana dal recipe will become any restaurant style dal recipe

 

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How to make chana dal recipe

Here, the complete preparation of the chana dal recipe is classified into three simple categories first one is cooking lentils for dal recipe ,

second one is cooking chana dal fry recipe and the last one is preparing to temper for chana dal.

so, let’s make it now.

 

Cooking lentils for dal recipe


1.
At first, cooking lentils for chana dal recipe in a large mixing bowl pour 200 grams of chana dal.

pour chana dal in a large mixing bowl

  

2. Then pour water in it to soak the chana dal for at least 1 hour.

soak chana dal in water

 

3. After that drain water and pour this soaked chana dal along with 1/4 tsp turmeric powder into a pressure cooker.

pour soaked chana dal along with turmeric powder in a pressure cooker

 

4. Also pour 600 ml of water into it to cook the chana dal.

pour 600 ml water in pressure cooker

 

5. Now close the lid and pressure cook the chana dal for 5 to 6 whistle in medium flame. Check the chana dal if you can easily press it with your finger or not. If not then give at least 1 to 2 whistles.

pressure cook chana dal upto 5 to 6 whistle

 

Cooking chana dal fry recipe

 

1. Now for cooking chana dal fry recipe heat 3 tbsp oil in a pan, and spread it with a spatula.

heat oil in a pan

 

2. Then add 1 tsp cumin seed, and stir it on low flame until it began to splutter.

add cumin seed saute till splutter

 

3. After that add 2 medium size chopped onions.

add chopped onions

 

4. Also add 2 chopped green chilli.

add chopped green chilli

 

Note: If you simply want to avoid a lot of oil in cooking onions then add a dash of water to the pan, stir the onions gently and immediately cover the pan for some time in medium to low flame.

Don’t forget to stir in intervals. After sometimes you will see onions becomes translucent quickly.

 

5. Now saute the onions till translucent then add 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste, and saute them for some time.

add ginger garlic paste

 

6. Next add 2 medium size chopped tomatoes.

add chopped tomatoes

 

7. Saute this tomato-onion mixture for at least 8 to 10 min on medium to low until the raw smell of tomatoes disappears.

saute tomato onion mixture till tomatoes are mushy

 

8. Furthermore add 1 tsp red chilli powder, 1 tsp garam masala powder, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and salt to taste.

add red chili powder,salt, turmeric,coriander powder , garam masala powder

 

9. Now cook this mixture for another 4 to 5 min until the mixture gets thickened and the raw smell of the spices goes away completely.

masala starts releasing oil from it's side

 

10. Now pour cooked chana dal along with the stock.

pour chana dal

 

11. Also pour 125 ml water if required also sprinkle some salt and check the taste. If required add more.

pour more water

 

12. Now gently stir everything then cover and cook the dal for at least 10 min until the dal gets slightly thickened.

cover and cook chana dal

 

13. Check whether dal is cooked properly or not then add 1/2 tablespoon kasuri methi then mix it properly.

 

sprinkle kasuri methi

 

14.  Also sprinkle 2 tablespoons freshly chopped coriander leaves, and mix with dal.

sprinkle freshly chopped coriander leaves

 

Tempering for chana dal tadka

 

1. Now for giving tempering for the chana dal tadka recipe heat 3 tbsp oil or ghee in a pan.

pour ghee in a tadka pan

 

2. Then add 1/2 tablespoon of chopped ginger, garlic in it, 3 to 4 dried red chilli, and 1 tbsp kashmiri  red chili powder.

saute dried red chili, ginger garlic, kashmiri red chili

 

3. Cook them for some time then add in dal.

add tadka in dal

 

4. Finally cover the lid for some time, until the aroma is completely mixed with chana dal tadka.

cover the dal for sometime till aroma spread evenly

 

Chana Dal Recipe Card

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Yield: 4

Chana dal recipe | Chana dal fry recipe

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This chana dal fry recipe is a famous punjabi style recipe where bengal gram lentils or spilt chickpeas cooked in spicy tomato onion gravy.Cook this chana dal recipe with below step by step instructions.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
SoakTime 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours

Ingredients

For cooking lentils

  • 200 grams chana dal or bengal gram
  • 600 ml water [ add if required ]
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder

For cooking dal fry

  • 3 tablespoons oil or ghee
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 medium size finely chopped onions
  • 2 medium-sized chopped tomatoes
  • 2 green chilies [ chopped ]
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • Pinch of hing
  • salt as required
  • 1/2 tablespoons kasoori methi ( dry fenugreek leaves )
  • 3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves ( cilantro )

For Tadka

  • 2 tablespoon oil or ghee
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 4 dried red chili
  • 2 tsp kashmiri red chili powder

Instructions

how to make chana dal fry

  1. At first, making chana dal recipe in a large mixing bowl pour chana dal and water soak for at least 1 hour.
  2. After that drain water and pour this soaked chana dal in a pressure cooker along with turmeric powder , water to cook the chana dal.
  3. Now close the lid and pressure cook the chana dal for 5 to 6 whistle in medium flame.
  4. Check the chana dal if you can easily pressed it by your finger or not.If not then give at least 1 to 2 whistle.
  5. Now for cooking chana dal fry recipe heat oil in a pan , spread it with a spatula.
  6. Then add cumin seed, stir it in low flame until it begun splutter.
  7. After that add chopped onions and saute till golden brown.
  8. Next add ginger garlic paste andchopped green chili, saute them for sometime.
  9. Furthermore add chopped tomatoes and chopped green chili.
  10. Saute this tomato onion mixture for at least 8 to 10 min in medium to low until raw smell of tomatoes disappear.
  11. Furthermore add red chilli powder, garam masala powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt to taste.
  12. Now cook this mixture for another 4 to 5 min until mixture gets thicken and raw smell of the spices goes away completely.
  13. Sprinkle kasuri methi in it mix properly then pour chana dal along with stock, also pour 125 ml water if required.
  14. Sprinkle some salt check the taste.If required add more.
  15. Now gently stir everything for at least 10 min until dal gets slightly thicken.
  16. Check whether dal is cooked properly or not then add some coriander leaves here and mix the dal properly.
  17. Now for giving tadka in your chana dal recipe heat oil or ghee in a pan.
  18. Then add chopped garlic , dried red chilli, kashmiri  red chili powder.
  19. Cook them for sometime then add in dal and cover the lid for sometime,until aroma completely mix with chana dal fry.

Notes

Chana Dal Recipe Note

  1. Adjust water depending upon the consistency of dal.
  2. If you want some tangy taste in your dish you can sprinkle some amchur powder.

Nutrition Information

Yield

3

Serving Size

3

Amount Per Serving Calories 1187Total Fat 80gSaturated Fat 21gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 44gCholesterol 156mgSodium 3061mgCarbohydrates 67gFiber 11gSugar 15gProtein 55g

Disclaimer: The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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