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Dhaba Style Chana Dal Fry

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Dhaba Style Chana Dal Fry

Chana Dal Fry Recipe | Dhaba Style Dal Fry | Dal Tadka recipe | Chef Kunal Kapur Recipes

  • Suitable for vegetarian

Double tempered chana dal (split & hulled black chickpeas) best served with roti, paratha or rice.

  • 50mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy




  • 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
  • Salt
  • 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.

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