Friday, 4 November 2016


Cholar Dal Recipe

Bengali Cholar Dal or Bengal Gram Dal
Cholar Dal

This Cholar dal is a simple recipe which can be made even with Tur dal. In India, Rice, Whole Wheat flour and a variety of lentils(dal)  are the staple food for Indians. It is hard to find an Indian kitchen that does not stock up different types of dals. My family is a great fan of dals. So I try different types of dal recipes. This recipe I learnt from one online website and it turned out great. So lets start with the ingredients.


Chana/Bengal Gram Dal 1/2 cup( soaked for 30 min)
Vegetable oil 2 tablespoon
Mustard seeds 1/2 teaspoon
Jeera/ Cumin (whole) 1/2 teaspoon
Dried Red chilli 1(optinal) / you can use green chillies too
Pinch of hing/asafoetida
Curry leaves(few)
Ginger 1/2 teaspoon(grated)
Garlic 1 to 2 cloves finely chopped
Onion 1 finely chopped
Tomato 1 finely chopped
Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander powder 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves for garnishing.


Take a pressure cooker and add oil. 
When the oil is hot, put mustard, jeera(whole), hing, red or green chilli  and curry leaves in medium flame. 
Fry for 1 to 2 minutes and add onion fry till tranluscent, then add ginger and garlic. 
Saute the masala for 2 minutes or till the raw smells goes. 
Then add chopped tomatoes till soft. 
Now add turmeric powder, coriander powder and salt.  
Again sauté for a min. 
Wash the soaked dal properly and add chana  dal into the cooker. 
Add 2 cups of water and pressure cook for 5 to 6 whistles. 
Now when pressure is released,  open the cooker and check for seasonings. 
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with plain white rice or roti.
Enjoy with the simple Veg recipe of Cholar Dal