Tuesday 2 March 2010

Chana Dhal ( split chickpea dhal)

Chana ( split chickea)dhal-A warm and hearty dhal, thick and chunky cooked in an array of aromatic spices. An ideal accompaniment to crispy finger parthas and rice.

2 cups chana dhal (split chickpeas)
1 teaspoon ginger paste
1 teaspoon garlic paste
4 green chillies finely chopped
1.5 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 tomatoes peeled chopped and pureed
½ teaspoon mustard seeds
2 red dried chillies
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon chilli powder
1 tablespoon fresh coriander for garnish


1.Wash and soak the chana dhal in water over night.
2. Drain the dhal and cook with 2 pints water in a large vessel on stove top.(approx 25 mins) Dhal should be cooked but still holding shape not mushy
3. In a pan heat the oil when hot add the mustard seeds and red chillies.
4. Add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds taking care not to burn it.
5.Add the pureed tomatoes, ginger and chopped chillies.
6.Add the salt, turmeric and chilli powder and cook till spices and tomatoes blended and tomatoes start to leave oil.
7. Add the cooked dhal to the spice mixture and simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes.
8. With the back of a ladle gently press the dhal to break some of it up to give thickness to dhal. Add a little more water if needed.
9.Adjust seasoning if required.Transfer to serving dish and garnish with chopped coriander.

Serve with Crunchy finger parathas and rice.

Serving suggestion: Break up the Crunchy parathas on a plate and pour over hot piping dhal. Eat immediately with onion and tomato salad.

You may like:
Gujarati style tuver dhal.



  1. Looks like hearty meal after a hectic day..If someone can make that for me I'll be happy:)

    Parathas made me smile..

  2. Curry looks simply superb!! yumm yumm!!

  3. Looks so spicy and colorful..
    Perfect for the event too..

  4. Thats such a wholesome meal...the daal looks yumm and perfect for the event:)

  5. Delicious dhal..I have never tried adding ginger-garlic paste to dhal...will try your version soon :)

  6. Chana Dhal look delicious...never tried out this version of dhal..beautiful presentation too:-)

  7. chana daal looks so tempting and delicious..;-)) also very healthy people like us who are vegetarian...colourful pics...

  8. Simply Delectable!! sounds great..YUM! Finger paratha looks awesome..:)

  9. Hey that looks like a very comforting bowl of dhal. Very versatile too..will go with probablu anything.

  10. Wow very good choice for veggies,healthy and spicy...makes it more special with garlicky touch...

  11. Wonderful pics, very inviting and looks super delicious!!! I dont use ginger-garlic paste, but sounds flavorful!!! those crispy parathas with dal mmm would be lovely!!!

  12. Nice curry..would lov to eat with poori...

  13. Dal looks very tempting and
    delicious !!!!!

  14. Dal is such a versatile and filling dish...love your version!

  15. Real comforting food...nutritious and tempting dhal..

  16. thats my fav curry..make it very often..

  17. Simple and yummy dhal, beautiful click too....


  18. Nice clicks...Dhal sounds yummy and easy...

  19. Your Chana daal looks great and fulfilling. Would try preparing as per your recipe very soon.


  20. Looks very tempting... perfect with those paratha fingers... nice recipe.... really yummy :)

  21. yummy dal with nice click...lovely recipe

  22. Spcy and yumm daal..now I know, what you had with your finger parathas :D

  23. YUM! I wish I could have a bowl of that today!

  24. I love Dahl :) This looks so delicious thank you for sharing :)

  25. I love Dahl and this looks and sounds wonderful...thanks for the recipe :) x

  26. Great idea! I love chickpeas but have never cooked with them so might give this recipe a try!

  27. I always get this from my local takeaway. I may try ad make it next time.


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