Chana Daal



For Pressure cooking Chana Dal

- 3/4 cup chana Dal (bengal gram)
- 2.5 to 3 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder Haldi

for tempering the Chana Dal

- 2 medium sized tomatoes - chopped
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
- 1 inch ginger - finely chopped (adrak)
- 4 to 5 garlic - finely chopped (lahsun)
- 1 green chilli - chopped (hari mirch)
- 3/4 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
- 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder (lal mirch powder)
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder(haldi)
- 1 teaspoon coriander powder(dhania powder)
- 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur powder) or add as required
- 1 teaspoon kasoori methi (dry fenugreek leaves)
- a pinch of asafoetida(hing)
- 2 tablesspoon oil or ghee
- Salt And Required
- a few coriander leaves (cilantro) for mixing towards the end or garnishing


    Pressure cooking chana dal

  1. pick and rinse the chana dal well in running water
  2. soak the Dal in enough water for an hour
  3. drain the lentils and add them to the pressure cooker along with turmeric powder and 2.5 to 3 cups water and Stir well
  4. On A high flame,pressure cook the lentils for 7 to 8 whistles or more,till the Dal is softened and well cooked
  5. Keep the Cooked Chana Dal Aside
  6. Making Chana Dal

  7. in Another pan,heat oil or Ghee
  8. add the cumin first and fry for a few seconds till they splutter
  9. then add the Garlic and fry till they become light brown
  10. now add the onions and fry till they get golden
  11. now add the tomatoes,ginger and green Chilli
  12. stir and add all the dry spice powders - turmeric powder,red chilli powder,garam masala powder,asafoetida,dry mango powder and coriander powder
  13. saute till the tomatoes get cooked and the oil starts to leave the side of the mixture
  14. add the kasoori methi an Stir
  15. pour the cooked chana dal along with its stock to the sauteed masala mixtur or vice versa,season with salt
  16. stir and simmer the dal for 6-8 minutes till you get medium consistency of the dal the chana dal is neither thick nor thin
  17. garnish chana dal with chopped coriander leaves
  18. serve the chana dal with chopped coriander leaves

Excellent source of vegetarian protein.