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Thursday, June 17, 2010

How to Make Bengali Style Cholar Dal/ Chana dal/ Bengal Gram

Cholar dal is a traditional Bengali dish. This is a thick dal preparation flavored with garam masala and fried diced coconut pieces. I truly believe some combinations are made in heaven. And this is certainly one of them. This goes best with Loochi (puri). Loochi is a light  and fluffy type indian bread, that is exclusively maida (all purpose flour) based. It's flakier than a puri. Basically an ideal breakfast combination for those who love lazy sunday mornings.  My Dad loves this cholar dal, so dedicating this post 
to my Baba (Dad) who is a great cook himself. 


Serves: 4, Preparation time: 35 minutes

 200 gms Chana dal/ Cholar dal 
2 Green chillies (1 chopped, 1 slit)
1" Cinnamon stick
2 Bay leaves 
3 Cloves
1 Dry whole red chilli
3 Cardamom
2 tbsp Coconut (grated)
2 tsp Coconut into small dices
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Ginger (grated)
2 Black peppers
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp Red chilly powder
a pinch of Asafoetidia (hing)
1 tbsp Ghee (this brings out the taste better) 
1 tsp Sugar
Salt to taste
fresh Coriander for garnishing

Wash dal and soak it for 2 hrs. (in case you don't have time then soak this for 1/2 hr in hot water). Pressure cook the dal with salt, turmeric, 1 bay leaf and cardamom for 10 minutes. As chana dal tends to cook fast, make sure the dal is not completely mashed.
Heat ghee in a pan and fry the dice coconut pieces till light brown. Keep aside. Add green chilly, bay leaf, cumin seeds, black pepper balls, cloves, cinnamon, red whole chilly.Let these crackle in ghee. Add hing, ginger and pour over the dal and stir well. Boil for 2-4 minutes. Check the consistency, it should be neither too thick nor too watery. Add grated coconut, sugar, diced fried coconuts and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with loochi/ puris or plain rice. 

I'm sending this to Think Spice Think Garam Masala event hosted by Sara, and started by Sunitha of Sunitha's World also to Jay's lovely event I Love My Dad


  1. ahhhh...wht an awesome dish...the green n red chilly presentaion looks awesome..nice to knw tht ur dad is also a great cook..sure he wil b happy to see this post.slurppppppp....visual treat to the eyes n happy burp to the belly....

  2. hey deepa n tanu...beautiful chana dal , color iz beautiful n dal looks so rich...

  3. Hi Deepa
    This sounds new and interesting .I have bookmarked to try

  4. such a falvorful dal..looks so delicious..

  5. Droolz! The dal is divine and exquisite! I'd grab that bowl right away! :>

  6. Thats really looking very colorful...and that coconut on top gave extra flavour i think...loved it a lot...nice one Deepa...

  7. That is quite a relish.... Captured to bring out the best...... Kudos!!!


  8. Hy Deepa,

    Lovely entry for "I Love My Dad " Event...Your dad is very lucky to have his tasty favorite..

  9. Yummy dish, seems really tasty and looks good too..

  10. I always use yellow,red and green lentils for dhal curry.Never tried with chana dal.This recipe is very simple and looks very tasty too..I will try this for sure.Same pinch for the baby corn stir fry,I too prepared a babycorn stir fry yesterday but in a differnt way with chinese sauces :)baby corns are yummy nah?

  11. Simple n delicious dal curry...never tried this way..

  12. Maida poori and this flavorful dhal....hmmmm...I can imagine a nice weekend with this. This is a new recipe for me. Love that pieces of coconut on it. Must try soon.

  13. Hi Deepa
    Thanks for visiting me.
    You can click my recipes for green leafy veg. You will get few recipes for your kid to eat green. And try my "mom I am hungry" too.
    Keep in touch.

  14. Hi Deepa
    This sounds new and interesting .I have bookmarked to try ..

  15. Looks so good Deepa with the chillies and coconut on top, what is loochi Deepa, would love to try that one also, do you have the recipe for that in your blog?

  16. Hi dear, didn't know you were a bong. I simply love and adore this dal. I make a slightly different version. I have bookmarked it to try it out :)

  17. Looks delicious and beautiful click too, shall try this some time...

  18. sange luchi baniecho to? looks fab Deepa. dekhei plate niye bose porte ichhe korche. amar fav.
    between tumi bangalore blogger meet er katha bolchile, kichu plan korecho? ami interested kichu holee janio please.

  19. Cholar dal looks really nice Deepa. I love to have them with rice.

  20. This sounds very interesting...will be delish with some hot rice

  21. oh my, that looks incredibly delicious..wonderful combo..glad to know that this is your dad's favorite curry..thanks for sharing this recipe..have a nice weekend!

  22. Looks too good and beautifully garnished dear:)

  23. This dhal sounds wonderful and tasty, well garnished too.

  24. wow.. nice dish.. healthy dhal dear..

  25. Looks so colourful.. lovely presentation..

  26. Dal looks super delicious and comforting..

  27. lovely presentation! heard about this dal but never made it .. now i have the recipe :)
    Thanks Deepa and Tanu for sharing!

  28. my email id is in the details of the event that is going on in my blog. I will soon make and post the recipe of this dal (my way) :)

  29. Deepa,daroon hoaae-che, soo-tti luch aar cholar dal, ki bhalo lage. diced coconut bhaja diye aamar Ma korto, aami ektu lazy, tai joto tara-tadi hote pare shere phelte chaai ranna-ta.
    Bhalo laglo pore tumi aaei recipe-ta tomar Baba-ke dedicate korcho.
    This recipe is a regular in my kitchen too.

    Enjoy your weekend...

    ...and keep smiling...

  30. Lovely pics....loved it..I just made channa daal today :)

  31. perfect with rotis!! looks deeeeeeelicious

  32. dal looks so yummy ... presentation is perfect ... first time to your have a very nice and creative collection of recipes...

    i am newbie to blogging and it is so exciting to see such wonderfull recipes on fellow bloggers like you... if you have time please visit my blog

  33. cholar dal looks so colorful and yummy! perfect treat for father's day.

  34. Dear Deepa
    Kyamon achho? It has been ages I visited your blog. I feel good , you liked the HK night photos..All night photos are unique...think of Ganga-arati at Haridwar...or Marine drive from Malabar Hills..or Vidhan sabha of Bangalore.
    I am book marking this recipe...this has all the elements which I would like to use exactly as per your procedure...and will try as soon as I am back home. My only worry is over-boiled is a taste spoiler..ha ha
    Mey-er okhan-e khub bhalo katlo..janachhi tomake
    Bhalo theko
    Ushnish Kaku

  35. Cholar dal looks so delicious and colourful!

  36. Thank you friends for your lovely comments


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