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Cholar Dal

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Another Bengali speciality - fresh coconut slices and raisins make this chana dal extra tasty.

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Turban Tadka.

Preparation Time : 11-15 minutes

Cooking time : 11-15 minutes

Servings : 4

Cholar Dal

Main Ingredients

Split Bengal gram (chana dal) soaked, Turmeric powder




Dals and Kadhis

Level Of Cooking



  • Split Bengal gram (chana dal) soaked
    1 1/4 cups
  • Turmeric powder
    1/2 teaspoon
  • Sugar
    1 tablespoon
  • Salt
    to taste
  • Ghee
    1 tablespoon
  • Fresh coconut cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon
    1 inch stick
  • Black cardamoms
  • Cumin seeds
    1 teaspoon
  • Dried red chillies broken
  • Green chillies roughly chopped
  • Raisins
    2 tablespoons
  • Ginger paste
    1 teaspoon


Step 1

Heat 4 cups water in a deep non stick pan. Add chana dal, ½ tsp turmeric powder, 1 tbsp sugar and salt, cover and cook till the dal is cooked.

Step 2

Heat ghee in another non stick pan, add coconut slices and fry till golden. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 3

Add cloves, cinnamon, black cardamoms, cumin seeds, dried red chillies, green chillies and raisins to the ghee remaining in the pan and sauté.

Step 4

Add chana dal and ginger paste and mix well. Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes or till the dal thickens. Add half the fried coconut slices and mix well.

Step 5

Transfer into a serving bowl, garnish with remaining coconut slices and serve hot.

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