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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Bengali Special Cholar Dal (Chana Dal / Bengal Gram Lentil)

       
          This is a traditional dal prepared in every Bengali household, especially during special occasions. It can be enjoyed with hot luchis (pooris) or stuffed peas kachoris during your weekend breakfast. It simply tastes heavenly. It also goes well with plain steamed rice or pulao. 

          Please note this is a "no onion & no garlic" recipe. You can also add few fried coconut slices for some crunch. I always like to have this delicious dal with a dash of lime. Please follow a step by step method with pictures to prepare it.

          




  • 1 cup chana dal (Bengal Gram Lentil
  • 1 tsp. ginger, chopped
  • 2 whole dry red chillies
  • 1" cinnamon'
  • 2-3 cardamoms
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp. fresh coconut, grated
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. ghee
  • 2 tbsp. mustard oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. sugar or to taste
  • 1 tsp. fresh grated coconut & 2 slit green chilies for garnishing





          Soak the chana dal for an hour and boil till soft but not mushy. Heat oil and temper with bay leaves, dry red chillies, cinnamon, cardamoms, cloves and cumin seeds.

           After they stops spluttering, add the ginger and saute for a few seconds. Then add the coconut and saute till light brown.

          Now add the boiled dal, salt, sugar and turmeric powder and simmer on low flame for 2-3 minutes. When done, add ghee and serve, garnished with fresh grated coconut and slit green chilies.




                                Soak the dal for 30 minutes.



                 Pressure cook in 1& 1/2 cups water for 5 minutes on a low flame after the
                 first whistle.




                 Temper the oil with bay leaves, dry red chilies, cardamoms, cinnamon, cloves 
                  and cumin seeds.



                                Add the ginger and saute for a few seconds.



                                Add the coconut and fry till light brown.



                           Add the boiled dal, salt, sugar and turmeric powder and simmer.



Serve, garnished with fresh grated coconut and slit green chilies.











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