Chana dal

"A delicious, flavorful, creamy lentil recipe, chana dal is made using split Bengal gram. The lentil is first cooked with salt and turmeric and then tempered with onions, tomatoes and a few spices. This easy vegan and gluten-free recipe is perfect for protein rich meatless meals."
-- @greenbowl2soul
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Prep time 10mins
Cook time 25mins
Serves or Makes: 4

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  • 1 cups chana dal
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 2 green chilies, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoons ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoons turmeric powder
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoons mustard oil/ any oil of your choice
  • Salt as per taste
  • Chopped coriander leaves for garnishing


  • Step 1

    Wash the lentil nicely. Put the lentil, water, salt, and turmeric powder in the pressure cooker and cook till three whistles.

  • Step 2

    In a small pan, heat oil. Add all the dry spices and saute for a few seconds till they become fragrant and stop spluttering.

  • Step 3

    Add chopped onions and fry till they become golden brown

  • Step 4

    Next, add the tomato, green chilies, and ginger. Cook for around 5-6 minutes or till the tomatoes are nicely cooked.

  • Step 5

    Pour this tomato mixture over the cooked dal and mix.

  • Step 6

    Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve with roti or rice.