Chole Chana Dal

Chickpeas and chana dal cooked together with chole masala. This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

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Chole Chana Dal

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Main Ingredients Chickpeas (kabuli chana), Split Bengal gram (chana dal)
Cuisine Punjabi
Course Main Course Vegetarian
Prep Time 0-5 minutes
Cook time 1-1.30 hour
Serve 4
Taste Spicy
Level of Cooking Easy
Others Veg

Ingredients list for Chole Chana Dal

  • 2 cups Chickpeas (kabuli chana) soaked
  • 1 cup Split Bengal gram (chana dal) soaked
  • 2 Tea bags
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • to taste Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • a pinch Asafoetida
  • 8-10 Garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 Green chillies slit
  • 2 medium Onions sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon Coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fenugreek powder
  • 2 tablespoons Chole masala
  • 2 teaspoons Dried mango powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garam masala powder
  • for garnishing Yellow pepper juliennes
  • for garnishing Fresh mint sprigs


  1. Pressure cook chickpeas and Bengal gram alongwith tea bags, ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and salt in sufficient water for 8-10 whistles. When the pressure is released completely, remove cover, cool, strain and reserve the liquid.
  2. Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add cumin seeds, asafoetida, garlic and green chillies and sauté for a minute.
  3. Add onion and sauté till it turns golden.
  4. Add remaining turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, fenugreek powder, chole masala, dried mango powder, mix well and sauté for a minute.
  5. Add 2 cups reserved liquid and salt, stir to mix and bring it to a boil. Add the cooked chickpeas and Bengal gram, mix well and mash lightly with the back of a ladle.
  6. Add garam masala powder, mix well and cook for a minute. Cover and cook for 5-10 minutes or till the moisture is absorbed.
  7. Garnish with yellow pepper juliennes and mint sprigs and serve hot.