Cholar Dal Bengali Style

Cholar Dal Bengali Style

This spicy goodness is packed with nutrition as chana is high in fibre and protein.

It takes hardly any time to prepare and makes for a simple yet satisfying lunch.

This Bengali chana dal recipe is a saviour when you need to rush to the office but want to carry home-cooked food.

It is traditionally served with Bengali style poori called Luchi but you can also prepare this and combine it with Bajre ki Roti for a healthy, nutritious yet oh-so-delicious ‘Dabba’. 

This dal also goes very well with steamed rice.


  • 1 cup Chana Dal
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • Salt to taste

For Tempering

  • 3 tbsp Ghee
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Coconut (Thinly Sliced)
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Hing
  • 4-5 Dry Red Chillies
  • 3-4 Cloves
  • 1 inch Cinnamon
  • 2-3 Green Cardamom
  • 2 Bay Leaf
  • 1 tsp Ginger (Grated)
  • 1 tsp Green Chilli (Chopped)
  • 2 tbsp Raisins
  • 1 tsp Sugar


  • Wash the dal and add it in a pressure cooker along with 3 cups of water, turmeric powder and salt.
  • Pressure cook just until done.
  • The dal should not be mushy.
  • Heat ghee for tempering in a pan.
  • Add coconut slices and fry until golden brown.
  • Remove the slices in a plate.
  • In the same ghee, add cumin seeds and hing and let them crackle for a few seconds.
  • Add dry red chillies, cloves, cinnamon, green cardamom and bay leaf and fry for a few seconds.
  • Add ginger and green chilli and fry for another few seconds.
  • Pour the tempering over the dal along with raisins, fried coconut and sugar.
  • Mix well.
  • Serve hot.

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