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

Chana dal recipe - healthy, delicious and everyday dal recipe made with bengal gram. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Punjabi
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 131kcal
Author Kanan


For pressure cooking dal-

  • ½ cup Chana dal (Split bengal gram)
  • 1 ½ cups Water
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste

For chana dal recipe-

  • 2 teaspoons Oil
  • ½ teaspoon Ginger paste or freshly grated or crushed
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic paste or freshly grated
  • 2 Green chilies chopped finely
  • ½ cup Onion chopped
  • 1 cup Tomato chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander powder
  • a pinch Turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon Garam masala

For tadka (tempering) –

  • 2 teaspoons Oil
  • ½ teaspoons Mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 5-6 Curry leaves
  • 1 Dried red chilies broken into two pieces


Making chana dal recipe:

  • Wash and soak the dal for at least 30 minutes or more. Then discard the soaking water.
  • Take soaked dal, water, salt and turmeric powder in a pressure cooker.
  • Cover the pressure cooker with the lid and put the weight on. Let it cook for 6-7 whistles on medium heat.
  • Let the pressure go down by itself. Then open the lid. Dal should be soft.
  • Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add ginger paste, garlic paste, and green chilies and ook for a minute.
  • Then add chopped onions. and cook till they become translucent.
  • Mix in chopped tomatoes and cook till they get soft.
  • Mix in Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala, and salt. Saute for a minute.
  • Add cooked dal with its water. If needed add extra water and make runny consistency.
  • Let it come to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.

Make tadka:

  • on another stove 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.
  • Add curry leaves and dried red chili. Add tempering to the dal.
  • Mix well and turn off the stove.


Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 5.3g | Fat: 5.9g | Saturated Fat: 0.7g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 618mg | Potassium: 328mg | Fiber: 6.2g | Sugar: 4.4g | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.6mg
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 serving
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