Monday, December 16, 2013

ONYO CHHOLAR DAL ( Bengali Style Chana Dal )

I was always fascinated by the Bengali style of cooking veg and non veg dishes. Bong Mom's cook book caught my attention recently and before I could buy it I was lucky to win the same in one of the blog events hosted by Cooking 4 all Seasons. Today I have tried out a simple Chholar Dal recipe.


Chana dal ... 1 cup

For Tempering:
Bay leaf ... 1
Green cardamoms ... 3
Cloves .............. 3
Cinnamon stick ... 1 inch piece
Dry red chillies ..... 2
Onion .... 1/4 cup (finely chopped)
Garlic ...... 1 clove (crushed)
Ginger ..... 1 tsp (grated)
Tomato puree ... 1 tbsp
Asafoetida ... a pinch
Turmeric powder ... 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder ... 1/4 tsp
Sugar ... 1/4 tsp
Salt .... to taste
Oil / ghee ... 2 tbsps

1. Wash and soak dal for few hours.
2. Pressure cook dal with 2 cups water adding salt and turmeric powder. The lentils should remain separate. Avoid making them mushy.
3. Heat oil in a frying pan. Add the whole spices first and when they leave an aroma add the asafoetida and the chopped onion, ginger and garlic.
4. Fry until the onion becomes slightly brown. Now add the pureed tomato and the spice powders, salt and sugar. Saute until the oil separates.
5. Add the tempering to the cooked dal. Add water according to the consistency you desire.Bring to a boil.

Note: Adjust the seasoning according to your preference and you may skip the sugar if you want.

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  1. such a comforting bowl of dal... yum...

  2. Awesome Bengali dal sis...looks really delicious and inviting.
    Already liked your fb page.

  3. Very yummy! Love this spiced up dal!

  4. Very comforting!!! Loved the texture of this dal...

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  5. Looks like a comforting food, makes me hungry;

  6. love to try this way too. looks yummy

  7. I make a gujarati version of this regularly We love it , its so healthy and delicious.

    1. Would love to try your version too.. thanks Nayna

  8. delicious looking dal. Always looking for new ways to prepare dal. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    1. Same here.. I never get tired of dal prepared any which way
      Thanks Mayuri

  9. Thank you for liking my version


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