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Cholar Dal | Bengali Style Chana Dal

by Shyamali Sinha
Cholar dal - recipe by Foodie's Hut

Cholar Dal | Bengali Style Chana Dal

Author: Shyamali Sinha
Course: Dal
Cuisine: Bengali
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings : 4
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Cholar Dal or Bengali Style Chana Dal is a great accompany with Luchi for Breakfast


  • 1 cup Chana dal or Cholar Dal - Bengal gram lentil
  • ¼ cup Coconut - Freshly and grated ( alternatively you can use dried coconut)
  • 2-3 Green chilli
  • 2 tbsp Ginger paste
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 ½ tbsp Mustard Oil - or Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Ghee
  • Salt - to taste
  • Sugar - to taste

For tempering:

  • ½ tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 Dry red chilli
  • 2 small Bay leaves
  • 1-2 bark Cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 Green Cardamom
  • 3-4 Cloves
  • ¼ tsp Hing or Asafoetida


  • Add 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker, transfer the soaked lentil into the cooker
  • Sprinkle salt and turmeric powder, and put the lid on.
  • Place the cooker on the stove over high heat
  • let wait for one to two whistle, remove from heat and let the pressure go down all by itself
  • Alternatively, You can boil the lentil in an open pot. Fill a heavy-duty pot with water, add the soaked lentil, sprinkle salt and turmeric powder, and set it on the stove over high heat. When it comes to a rolling boil, it will form some froth, with the help of a ladle clean all the froth, reduce the temperature, cover partially with a lid and let it boil.
  • Lentil will be tender, but it should hold its shape.
  • Heat some oil in a skillet, add ghee
  • When ghee melted 1st add cumin seeds, then the rest of tempering. Give a stir to release flavour.
  • Add Coconut, over medium heat cook for few seconds, sprinkle little bit salt just for coconut.
  • When coconut changes its colour and releases fragrant, add boiled lentil to it, add about 1 cup of water and over high heat cook for few minutes.
  • When everything bubbled up, add sugar, green chillies
  • Reduce the temperature to medium-low, partially cover with a lid and let it simmer for further few minutes to incorporate everything together and the Dal becomes little thick.
  • Remove from heat and give 5-10 minutes standing time before serve.

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Recipe Notes

Bengali Cholar Dal is best enjoyed with Luchi. You can enjoy the dal with your other favourite bread.
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