Chana Dal Recipe

Chana Dal is one of my number one dals to appreciate with rice. Made with new fixings and a small bunch of flavors, this dal is loaded with flavors!

It is likewise a veggie lover and sans gluten.

Chana dal had an extraordinary spot in my heart growing up. Primarily because it wasn’t made regularly in my home, not at all like Toor/Arhar dal.

Mother made chana dal once in at regular intervals when we got excessively exhausted from eating the equivalent Toor dal ordinary. Thus it generally felt extraordinary.

I would return from school and on the off chance that I saw chana dal on the table, I would be pleased. Since it was a change from the normal dal.

This dal isn’t as light on the stomach as Toor or moong dal and likely that is the explanation that it wasn’t made ordinarily in my home.

We used to cherish it with rice additionally with warm Rotis. More often than not it had a Tadka (hardening) of onion, tomatoes, cumin seeds, and so forth

Presently, I make a form in my kitchen frequently and I am imparting that to you all.

I as of now have a moment pot chana dal formula on the blog, that is a lot simpler and one-pot so if you are searching for a too straightforward formula, look at that.

For this formula, I utilize not many additional flavors and steps and heat the dal first and afterward make the masala in a different dish and afterward blend the two. This is giving over my #1 Chana Dal Recipe and I am eager to impart it to you folks!

Why This Chana Dal Recipe Works

This formula is so tasty and what makes it work is the utilization of new fixings. This is a north Indian style, Chana Dal, since I am from north India, this is the way I make it.

There’s newly cleaved onion, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, stew, and cilantro. The new fixings give such a lot of flavor to this formula thus don’t substitute them with locally acquired and canned stuff.

Like don’t utilize locally acquired ginger-garlic glue here, it just will not have a similar flavor.

The formula additionally works since all the superb flavors and the new fixings meet up wonderfully. The dal additionally has a smoky flavor which is granted to it through the dhungar technique (mixing smoky flavor through hot charcoal).

This is discretionary however the smokiness raises the flavors.


This formula utilizes onion, tomatoes which shapes the base of the masala, and a modest bunch of flavors to enhance the dal.

Chana Dal: this formula utilizes 100% chana dal and no different lentils. On the off chance that you think just chana dal can be excessively weighty for your stomach, you can supplant 25% of it with a lighter elective like Toor or moong dal.

Onion and tomato: the critical element for the masala of this dal so don’t avoid both of these.

Garlic-Ginger-Chili: I love utilizing new ginger and garlic here which I pulverize utilizing a mortar and pestle and afterward used in the formula. The newly beat ginger and garlic give such a lot of flavor to this dal.

Flavors: I have utilized a lot of flavors in this formula however not in enormous sum. The amount of the flavors is less since this is a dal and not curry and we don’t need it to be completely overwhelmed with flavors.

The flavors that I utilized here are coriander, garam masala, Kashmiri red bean stew powder (chiefly for shading), and Kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves).

Kindly remember that Kashmiri red bean stew powder utilized here isn’t hot, if you need the dal to be spicier, you can supplant half of it with ordinary bean stew powder.

Cilantro: a decent measure of cilantro is a must for me in dal and this formula is no exemption.

Tips To Make A Good Dal

Making a decent dal is truly simple, this is what you should remember.

Utilize new fixings this is significant since that is the way dal is generally made in India. I never under any circumstance saw canned tomatoes or chilies being utilized in my home and we ate dal regularly.

To utilize new tomatoes, new ginger-garlic, chilies. Squashing the new ginger-garlic adds a great deal of flavor.

Utilize great quality flavors even though we don’t add a huge load of flavors to this dal, still, it’s imperative to utilize great quality flavors here. They add to the flavor.

The Kashmiri red bean stew powder gives the dal that wonderful tone without adding a lot of warmth to it.

Certainly use Kasuri methi–dried fenugreek leaves to give a superb fragrance to the dal, so don’t skirt on them particularly if you are making a deal with loads of masala in it.

Use ghee for additional flavor-again not fundamental but rather adds to season. For this formula, I have not utilized ghee and it was as yet awesome. Yet, adding ghee is an alternative that you can use for more flavor.

Smoke the dal-I love smoking my dals with dhungar strategy. For this technique, you heat a piece of charcoal and afterward place that hot charcoal in a bowl which is put over the dish.

Shower some ghee or oil over the hot charcoal and when you see exhaust coming out, close the pot with the top and let it stay like that for few moments.

This snares the smoke and gives the dish that smoky flavor. Be cautious however, if you leave it for an exceptionally lengthy timespan, the dish turns out to be extremely smoky. For my days, as a rule, I do it for close to 2-3 minutes.

Habitually Asked Questions

Is this formula veggie lover?

It is since I utilized oil in the Tadka. If you use ghee, it will not be the veggie lover.

Is this formula sans gluten?

Indeed, it is sans gluten.

I don’t have a pressing factor cooker, how would I make this dal?

I would recommend drenching the dal short-term and afterward adding it to a pot, add water, turmeric, salt, and cook on burner medium warmth until it mollifies.

It will likely require 30 minutes or thereabouts on the off chance that you have doused it. On the off chance that you haven’t splashed it, the time will be more.

What do we serve the chana dal with?

Serve it with plain rice or jeera rice or with roti and any sabzi as a piece of a basic Indian feast. You can likewise eat it with quinoa or some other grain of decision.

Which charcoal is utilized for the dhungar technique?

Thus, I get this inquiry in each formula where I use the dhungar strategy. I get charcoal from the supermarket, it’s accessible where you have all the BBQ stuff, simply ensure it isn’t oneself touch off assortment.


1-Rinse the chana dal and afterward add it to a pressing factor cooker alongside 2.5 cups water (20 oz), 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, and 3/4 teaspoon salt.

2-Pressure, cook the dal until it’s cooked and delicate. On an ordinary burner pressure cooker, it would take 8-10 whistles on a high fire. On the off chance that utilizing an electric pressing factor cooker like the Instant Pot, cook on high pressing factor for 13 minutes. In both cases, let the pressing factor discharge normally.

Put this in a safe spot and work on the masala. In the interim pulverize 4 enormous garlic cloves, 1.5-inch ginger, and 1 green stew in a mortar pestle and put it in a safe spot.

3-Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a hefty base dish on medium warmth. When the oil is hot, add the entire flavor cumin seeds, cloves, green cardamom, and cinnamon stick. Sauté for few moments until the flavors are fragrant.

4-Then add the slashed onion and cook for around 3 to 4 minutes until they are delicate and begin to change the tone.

5-Now, add the newly beat garlic-ginger-green stew and cook for 1 to 2 minutes until the crude smell disappears.

6-Then add the hacked tomatoes, mix and cook for 7 to 8 minutes until they are extremely delicate and cooked. Additionally, add 1/2 teaspoon salt alongside the tomatoes.

7-Then add the flavors coriander powder, garam masala, Kashmiri red bean stew powder, and Kasuri methi. Additionally, add the cilantro. On the off chance that you need to make the dal spicier, you can supplant half of the Kashmiri red stew powder with standard bean stew powder which is more smoking. Mix and cook the flavors for 30 seconds.

8-Now, add the bubbled chana dal to the container alongside 1/2 to 3/4 cup ( 4 to 6 oz) of more water (contingent upon the consistency you like).

9-Stir and let the dal stew for 5 to 6 minutes on medium-low warmth.

10-For the Tadka, heat 2 teaspoons oil (or you can utilize ghee) in a little skillet on medium warmth. When the oil is hot, add the slashed garlic (from staying 2 cloves of garlic) and dried red bean stew and cook briefly until the garlic begins evolving shading.

11-Transfer Tadka to the stewing chana dal and mix.

12-This progression is discretionary. For the dhungar strategy, place a steel bowl on top of the dal. At that point utilizing utensils heat a piece of charcoal over direct warmth until its scorching. Spot the hot charcoal in that steel bowl on top of the dal utilizing the utensils.

Pour oil or ghee on top of the charcoal. You will quickly see exhaust emerging from charcoal. Quickly close the skillet with a top. Allow it to stay like this for 2 to 3 minutes. Following 3 minutes, eliminate cover and eliminate the bowl from dal. The more you keep the cover shut, the smokier dal will get, I don’t care for doing it for over 3 minutes.

Serve chana dal with rice, roti!

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