Chana Dal Fry

Chana Dal Fry

Channa Dal Fry

Serves 4


Channa dal (boiled) – 3 cups

Water – 2cups

For tempering

Ghee – 2tbsp

Heeng – ½ tsp

Dry red chilli – 2nos

Cumin – 1tsp

Garlic chopped – 1tbsp

Green chilli slit – 2nos

Onion chopped – ¼ cup

Ginger chopped – 2tsp

Turmeric – ½ tsp

Chilli powder – ½ tsp

Tomato chopped – ¼ cup


Coriander chopped –

Lemon wedge – 1no

2nd tempering

Ghee – 1tbsp

Chilli powder – ½ tsp


How to boil chana dal – Wash the chana dal with water and soak it for half hour. Add this soaked dal with 5cups of water and a pinch of turmeric to a pressure cooker. Cook till the dal is tender but not mashy.

In a pan heat ghee and add heeng, dry red chilli and give a quick stir. Sprinkle cumin and once it pops add in chopped garlic and cook till starts to brown. Next goes a green chilli with chopped onions. Stir and cook onions for a minute. Add ginger and give a light saute.

Sprinkle turmeric, chilli powder and give a stir and add chopped tomatoes with salt. Cook the tomatoes for 2mins. Add the boiled dal in the pan along with some extra water. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 3mins approx, correct seasoning and add coriander and squeeze a lemon wedge.

Remove the dal into a bowl. In a fresh pan heat ghee and chilli powder. Immediately remove from heat, stir and add this tempering over the ready dal. Serve it hot with flat breads, chapati or paratha.