Cholar Dal

Another Bengali speciality - fresh coconut slices and raisins make this chana dal extra tasty. This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel

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Cholar Dal
Main Ingredients Split Bengal gram (chana dal), Turmeric powder
Cuisine Bengali
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 Cholar Dal

  • 1 1/4 cups Split Bengal gram (chana dal) soaked
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • to taste Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee
  • 1/4 Fresh coconut cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
  • 6-8 Cloves
  • 1 inch stick Cinnamon
  • 4 Black cardamoms
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 3 Dried red chillies broken
  • 2-3 Green chillies roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Raisins
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger paste


  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.
  2. Heat ghee in another non stick pan, add coconut slices and fry till golden. Drain on absorbent paper.
  3. Add cloves, cinnamon, black cardamoms, cumin seeds, dried red chillies, green chillies and raisins to the ghee remaining in the pan and sauté.
  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.
  5. Transfer into a serving bowl, garnish with remaining coconut slices and serve hot.

Nutrition Info

Calories 1290
Carbohydrates 186
Protein 44.4
Fat 40.7
Other Fiber 74 gm