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Chana Dal Recipe

Mildly flavored chana dal cooked with tomatoes and spices makes it a perfect everyday dal recipe.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 PEOPLE

Ingredients

BOILING DAL

  • 1.5 cup Chana dal OR Bengal Gram lentils
  • 1 teaspoon Haldi (Turmeric powder)
  • Salt to taste

MAKING A TEMPERING/TADKA

  • 1 medium Chopped tomato
  • 1 tablespoon Chopped or grated ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1.5 teaspoon Coriander powder (sukha dhaniya)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red chili powder
  • 1 - 1.5 teaspoon Amchur Powder (Mango Powder)
  • 1 tablespoon Chopped cilantro leaves - to sprinkle on top
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee for tadka

Instructions

  • Clean and wash chana dal.
  • Assemble ingredients that are required for boiling the dal.
  • In a pressure cooker add dal,salt and turmeric powder. Add enough water to cook the dal. For me it was 2 cups of water for 1 cup dal.
  • Cook for 2- 4 whistles or until dal is tender. Cooking time may vary depending on dal texture and may take 4-6 whistles to cook the dal. Boiled dal is ready.
  • Meanwhile assemble ingredients for tadka.
  • In a kadhai heat ghee. Add cumin seeds and when they start to sputter add in chopped ginger and saute for a minute. Mix in chopped tomatoes..
  • Mix in all the spices, add 3 tablespoon water, cover and cook on medium low flame until tomatoes are tender and soft.
  • Mix in boiled dal. Add water accordingly.
  • Add in amchur powder and adjust the salt content.
  • Chana dal is ready.
  • Garnish it with cilantro leaves and serve with pooris or Pakwan.