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Cholar Dal

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Chicken cooked with chana dal and raw mangoes the Bengali way.

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Sirf 30 minute.

Preparation Time : 1.30-2 hour

Cooking time : 26-30 minutes

Servings : 4

Cholar Dal

Main Ingredients

Split Bengal gram (chana dal), Oil




Dals and Kadhis

Level Of Cooking



  • Split Bengal gram (chana dal) soaked
    1/4 cup
  • Oil
    1 tablespoon
  • Cumin seeds
    1/2 teaspoon
  • Black cardamom
  • Cinnamon
    1 inch stick
  • Bay leaves
  • Cloves
  • Coconut, thinly sliced
  • Green chillies, slit
  • Dried red chillies
  • Turmeric powder
    3/4 teaspoon
  • Salt
    to taste
  • Sugar
    3 tablespoons
  • Raisins
    1 teaspoon


Step 1

Drain and put the dal in a deep non stick pan with three cups of water.

Step 2

Bring it to a boil, cover and cook for ten to fifteen minutes or until it is just done or soft.

Step 3

Take care that the dal grains do not get mashed. Heat the oil in a deep non stick pan.

Step 4

Add the cumin seeds, black cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves and cloves and sauté for a minute.

Step 5

Add the coconut pieces and sauté till lightly browned and fragrant. Add green chillies, red chillies and turmeric powder and sauté for a minute.

Step 6

Add the dal, salt, sugar and raisins and stir. Bring to a boil and take it off the heat.

Step 7

Serve hot with puri, luchi or radha bollobhi.

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