Chana dal is strong in fiber, a decent source of protein, and a healthy choice for diabetics or those on a low-carb or diabetic-friendly diet.
Bengal gram or split chickpeas are other names for chana dal. The flavor of these lentils is sweet and nutty. Black chickpeas are used to make chana dal (kala chana). The outer husk is removed and they are separated. Besan or gram flour is made from these lentils that have been ground.
This chana dal fry is a Punjabi-style meal made with tempered and flavored Bengal gram lentils or spilt chickpeas, onions, tomatoes, herbs, and spices.
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
How to Cook Lentils
200 grams chana dal (bengal gram or split chickpeas)
2.5 to 3 cup water (or as needed)
a quarter teaspoon of turmeric powder
3 tablespoons ghee or oil (clarified butter)
1 teaspoon seeds of cumin
2 tablespoons garlic, finely minced, or 4 to 5 medium garlic cloves
1/2 CUP ONIONS, FINELY CRUMBLED
2 medium-sized tomatoes or 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes
1-inch ginger or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon coarsely sliced ginger
1/2 teaspoon green chilies, diced, or serrano pepper, or 1 green chili
1/2 tsp red chili flakes
a quarter teaspoon of turmeric powder (ground turmeric)
1/2 teaspoon powdered garam masala
1/2 teaspoon amchur powder (dry mango powder) or as needed
1 tblsp. asafoetida (hing)
1 teaspoon powdered coriander (ground coriander)
1 teaspoon crumbled kasoori methi (dry fenugreek leaves)
salt as needed
1–2 teaspoons coriander leaves, chopped (cilantro)
Pick the chana dal and thoroughly rinse it under running water.
Soak the dal for an hour in adequate water.
Drain the lentils and combine them with the turmeric powder in a 3-litre pressure cooker. Stir in 2.5 to 3 cups of water well.
Pressure cook the lentils for 10 to 11 minutes on high heat, or for 7 to 8 whistles or more, until softened and well cooked.
Making Chana Dal Fry
Stir and cook the dal for 6 to 8 minutes, or until it reaches a medium consistency. The consistency of the chana dal is neither thick nor thin.
Adjusting the consistency: If the dal becomes too thick, add some water after adding the sautéed masala tempering mixture and cook for a few minutes.
If the dal becomes too thin, cook it for longer to achieve the desired consistency.
To cook lentils in a pot or pan, follow these instructions:
Soak the lentils for an hour before cooking.
In a pot or skillet, combine 4 cups water and the drained lentils.
Turmeric powder is added. Cook the lentils, covered, for 45 minutes to an hour, or until they are tender. If necessary, add extra water.
If the mixture froths, heat it uncovered at first, then cover and continue to cook. The foaming is reduced by adding a few drops of oil.
Note: If you want to make the chana dal gluten-free, leave out the asafoetida (hing).
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