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a spoon into a bowl filled with Bengali Style Cholar Dal With Chana Dal

Bengali style Cholar Dal with chana dal

Learn to make this authentic Bengali style Cholar Dal with chana dal by following these steps. A flavorful vegan lentil dish made using some unusual spices.
Course accompaniment, dal, entree, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian, bengali, Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
soaking chana dal 1 hour
Total Time 30 minutes



  • First we need to rinse chana dal well and soak it in water for 60 minutes. If soaking in hot water then soak it only for 30 minutes. Pressure cook the dal in turmeric + salt water. Give it 5 whistles. You can even cook this in an Instant Pot. The grains will hold its shape but will be cooked fully. Transfer the cooked dal to a pan and let it simmer. Add sugar and salt. Meanwhile heat oil in a tadka pan. Add asafoetida, bay leaf, cumin seeds, minced ginger, dried red chillies and a masala made by grounding cloves, cinnamon and cardamom. Fry all of this for 30 seconds and then pour this tadka over the dal. Then add and stir in cumin powder and chilly powder. In the same tadka pan, heat oil and fry fresh/desiccated coconut, raisins and cashews. Fry till they turn light golden and then pour this second tadka over the dal. Coconut gives it a nice texture. Mix it all together and cook for another minute. Cholar Dal with Chana Dal is now ready. Serve it with steamed rice or any Indian bread.