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 Chholar Dal (Chana Dal) 
  • 1 cup Bengal gram dal
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 Green chilli
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin powder
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 2 Red chillies
  • 5 Cardamoms (green)
  • 2 pieces Cinnamon
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon Onion seeds
  • 2 tablespoons Raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garam masala
  • 2 tablespoons Mustard oil
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Grated coconut
  • Salt (As per taste)
Soak the chana dal overnight in 4 cups of water. Boil the dal with water, turmeric and one slit green chilli till completely tender. Discard the green chilli. Add salt and cumin powder. Cook on a low flame for one minute. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Puree the dal in a blender or just churn it with a little water. Add the raisins and simmer.

Heat oil in a deep bottomed pan, add the bay leaf and red chilli. Fry until the chilli changes colour. Add the cardamoms, cinnamon and cloves. Fry for 5-7 seconds. Add the onion seeds and fry for a few more seconds. Add chopped green chillies, sugar, coconut and saute for a few seconds, stirring constantly. Pour the dal into this mixture. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add the garam masala powder.

Garnish with lemon wedges or coriander leaves or green chillies and ghee. Serve hot with steamed rice.

Other Details
Serves: 4 Time: 35 mins.

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Category: Main Course | State: West Bengal | Submitted by: System


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