Chana dal Recipe | Punjabi chana dal masala | chana dal fry

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Chana dal recipe – healthy, delicious and everyday  dal recipe made with bengal gram. It is sauteed with onion-tomato and regular spices.

Chana dal Recipe – Punjabi chana dal masala – chana dal fry

Chana dal fry is one of the recipes that I make often on everyday basis. This is North Indian style chana dal masala. Typical Punjabi onion-tomato masala is the base of this dal. And addition tadka or tempering on top gives nice aroma and flavor to the dish.

This is my mom’s recipe and she learned it from our neighbor who is from Delhi. And that’s why she used to make lot of Punjabi dishes and I loved to eat those. And now following mom’s footsteps and I am also making north Indian dishes sometimes.

— Check out more dal recipe that you can make on everyday basis —
Tomato dal  — Maharashtrian Varan — Chilkewali moong dal  — Moong dal tadka

Chana dal Recipe – Punjabi chana dal masala – chana dal fry

Chana dal is known as Bengal gram in English. It is kind of dal which needs more time to cook. So it is a good idea to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before pressure cooking. And so it will cook faster. If you do not have pressure cooker then you can cook in a pot, but you will need more water and it is time consuming. And keep adding water if it dries up and cook till it gets softer.

I have made the tempering of curry leaves with other spices at the end. And it gives nice aroma to the dal. And of course it gives some curry leaves flavor to the dish.

For a change, try adding some lemon juice at the end. I have tried it and I liked it this way too.


How to make Chana Dal (Step by Step Recipe with Photos):


1) Take chana dal in a colander. wash it under running cold water till water runs clear.

2) Soak in enough water for at least 30 minutes. More soaking time will not hurt.

3) Now discard the cooking water. take dal in pressure cooker along with fresh 1 ½ cups of water. Add turmeric powder and salt.

4) Cover the pressure cooker and put the weight on. Turn the heat on medium. Let it cook for 6-7 whistles. Let the pressure go down by itself. Then open the lid. Dal should be soft. Keep it aside.

In below picture clockwise – chana dal, soaked chana dal, in cooker with salt & turmeric, boiled dal.

Chana dal Recipe – Punjabi chana dal masala – chana dal fry

5) Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add ginger paste, garlic paste and green chilies. Cook for a minute.

6) Then add chopped onions. Cook till they become translucent.

7) Mix in chopped tomatoes and cook till they get soft.

8) Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala and salt.

9) Mix well. Saute for a minute.

10) Add cooked dal with its water. If needed add extra water and make runny consistency. Let it come to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes.
Chana dal Recipe – Punjabi chana dal masala – chana dal fry

11) Meanwhile prepare the tadka. Heat the oil in a small pan on medium heat. Once hot add mustard seeds. Let them pop. Then add cumin seeds and let them sizzle.

12) Add curry leaves and dried red chili.

13) Add tempering to the dal.

14) Mix well and dal is ready to serve.
Chana dal Recipe – Punjabi chana dal masala – chana dal fry

You probably have all the ingredients in your pantry as this recipe requires very basic ingredients. So what are you waiting for? Get in your kitchen and make delicious chana dal recipe today.

Chana dal Recipe – Punjabi chana dal masala – chana dal fry


Here is Punjabi Chana Dal Fry Recipe :


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Chana dal Recipe | Punjabi chana dal masala | chana dal fry
 
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Punjabi Chana Dal recipe or chana dal fry has basic onion-tomato base with tadka on top to add more flavors
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Category: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Yield: 2 Servings
Ingredients
For pressure cooking -
  • Chana dal (Bengal gram) – ½ cup
  • Water – 1 ½ cups
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Salt – to taste
For cooking dal-
  • Oil – 2 teaspoons
  • Ginger paste – ½ teaspoon
  • Garlic paste – ½ teaspoon
  • Green chilies – 2, chopped finely
  • Onion – ½ cup, chopped
  • Tomatoes – 1 cup, chopped
  • Red chili powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – a pinch
  • Garam masala – ½ teaspoon
For tadka (tempering) –
  • Oil – 2 teaspoons
  • Mustard seeds – ½ teaspoons
  • Cumin seeds – ½ teaspoon
  • Curry leaves – 5-6
  • Dry red chili – 1, broken into two pieces
Instructions
  1. Take chana dal in a colander. wash it under running cold water till water runs clear.
  2. Soak in enough water for at least 30 minutes. More soaking time will not hurt.
  3. Now discard the cooking water. take dal in pressure cooker along with fresh 1 ½ cups of water. Add turmeric powder and salt.
  4. Cover the pressure cooker and put the weight on. Turn the heat on medium. Let it cook for 6-7 whistles. Let the pressure go down by itself. Then open the lid. Dal should be soft. Keep it aside.
  5. Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add ginger paste, garlic paste and green chilies. Cook for a minute.
  6. Then add chopped onions. Cook till they become translucent.
  7. Mix in chopped tomatoes and cook till they get soft.
  8. Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala and salt.
  9. Mix well. Saute for a minute.
  10. Add cooked dal with its water. If needed add extra water and make runny consistency. Let it come to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  11. Meanwhile prepare the tadka. Heat the oil in a small pan on medium heat. Once hot add mustard seeds. Let them pop. Then add cumin seeds and let them sizzle.
  12. Add curry leaves and dried red chili. Add tempering to the dal.
  13. Mix well and dal is ready to serve.
Additional Info
Taste – medium spicy

Shelf life – it can be refrigerated once cool completely in airtight container up to 4-5 days. Or even you can freeze it.

Serving suggestions – Serve it with rice. You can serve with any Indian flat bread like paratha, naan, roti.

Tips –
You can adjust the consistency of dal. If dal is too thick then add some water and let it boil for 2 minutes. If dal is too thin then let it boil for some more time till it thickens.

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    • says

      if cooking in a pan, soak the dal for at least 1 hour for quick cooking. then cook the dal in a deep pan with lots of water on medium heat till it gets soft (about 30 minutes). check in between and make sure that it has enough water.