Char Dal Ka Dalcha

The royal dal – made from a combination of four lentils. This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel

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Char Dal Ka Dalcha
Main Ingredients Split Bengal gram (chana dal), Split pigeon pea (toor dal or arhar dal)
Cuisine Gujarati
Course Dals and Kadhis
Prep Time 11-15 minutes
Cook time 11-15 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Mild
Level of Cooking Moderate
Others Veg

Ingredients list for Char Dal Ka Dalcha

  • 1/4 cup Split Bengal gram (chana dal) soaked
  • 1/4 cup Split pigeon pea (toor dal or arhar dal) soaked
  • 2 tablespoons Masoor dal soaked
  • 2 tablespoons Moong dal soaked
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • to taste Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • 3 medium Onion
  • 2 Green chilli
  • 400 grams White pumpkin
  • 6-8 cloves Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger paste
  • 3-4 Dried red chilli
  • 1 tablespoon Tamarind pulp
  • 2 tablespoons Pure ghee
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 12-15 Curry leaves


  1. Drain and put chana dal, toor dal, masoor dal, moong dal, ½ tsp turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt in a pressure cooker.
  2. Add 2 cups water and cook under pressure till 3 whistles are given out.
  3. Meanwhile heat oil in a non stick pan. Slice onions and add and sauté. Slit green chillies.
  4. Peel and cut white pumpkin into ½ inch pieces. Chop garlic.
  5. When onions brown, add ginger paste and sauté for 2 minutes.
  6. Break or cut dried red chillies into smaller pieces.
  7. Add green chillies to the pan and sauté. Add pumpkin, salt and cover and cook till pumpkin is nearly done.
  8. Open the cooker when the pressure reduces completely, add the dals to the pumpkin mixture and cook till pumpkin becomes soft.
  9. Add tamarind pulp and remaining turmeric powder and mix well.
  10. Heat ghee in a small non stick pan, add cumin seeds, garlic, red chillies and curry leaves, sauté for half a second, add to the dal and cover immediately to trap the flavours.Serve hot.

Nutrition Info

Calories 347.6
Carbohydrates 40.82
Protein 9.97
Fat 16.77
Other Fiber 2.11