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Chana Dal Or Cholar Dal (split Bengal gram) recipe : Healthy Recipe


chana dal (split Bengal gram) recipe

chana dal (split Bengal gram) recipe

I can remember my childhood days when my grandfather asked my grandma to prepare the chana dal (split Bengal gram) recipe. We always like my grand ma’s handmade food specially this chana dal recipe. She was a grand chef of our family. Being a vegetarian my grandma always cooked verities type of vegetarian dishes. I always believe in simple cooking and here I make the recipe as simple as possible. Split Bengal gram (chana dal), has low glycemic index and very beneficial pulse for diabetics as it helps in controlling in blood sugar levels.


Soaked chana dal – 2 cups
Ginger paste-1 tbsp
Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
Cumin seed -1/2 tsp
Cumin powder – 1 tbsp
Green chili -2 piece ( one cut into two pieces)(another for garnishing)
Sugar-1 tbsp(optional)
Raisin- 1 tbsp (for garnishing)
Salt to taste (here I add 1 tbsp)
Vegetable oil– 1 tbsp
Asafoetida -1/2 tsp


Pressure cook for soaked chana(soak overnight or if you prepare this dish for dinner you can soak it in morning ) with 4 cups of water. Do not drain the excess water.

Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seed sauté for 2 minute.

Add cooked chana dal with the excess water into this masala. Then add turmeric powder, ginger paste, sugar, green chili, salt , and cumin powder . Boil for 15 – 20 minutes. When everything is done add Asafoetida and stir well.

Once you get a gravy consistency pour it into a bowl and garnish with raisin and green chili.

Serve with Steamed rice or chapati, Roti or Poori

Nutritional Information:
8 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 189.9
Total Fat 2.8 g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.1 mg
Sodium 883.9 mg
Potassium 27.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate 31.0 g
Dietary Fiber 0.7 g
Sugars 2.7 g
Protein 10.1 g
Vitamin A 0.0 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 0.5 %
Vitamin C 0.2 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 1.3 %


Author: roytanusree

Hi , My name is Tanusree Roy. I am an expert in Health and Nutrition niche . I have extensive experience in diet plan, nutrition advisory roles in various USA based nutrition and recipe based projects as a co-founder of Ennovation Consulting. I always enjoy cooking .I am the mother of two kids ,so my main concern is kids.

2 thoughts on “Chana Dal Or Cholar Dal (split Bengal gram) recipe : Healthy Recipe

  1. Any form of dal-chawal is always welcome!

  2. Yes Aruna , It’s always welcome!

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