How to make Gajar Dal Mel -

Dry preparation of chana dal and carrots cooked with spices.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from the book Khazana Of Healthy Tasty Recipes.

Main Ingredients : Carrots (गाजर), Split Bengal Gram

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

Gajar Dal Mel

Gajar Dal Mel Recipe Card


Hindi: gajar
If there is one vegetable that is truly a nutritional hero then it is bound to be the carrot. A goldmine of nutrients, this is the reason they can be even termed as worth the other ‘karat’ (as in gold)! Ranging in colours from orange, black, pink to red, yellow and white, this delicious vegetable is within the reach of rich and poor alike and is rightly called the universal root. The best role that this winter vegetable can play – chomp on one as it is an excellent snack!

Prep Time : 1.30-2 hour

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Gajar Dal Mel Recipe

  • Carrots 1 cm cubes 3-4 medium

  • Split Bengal Gram soaked 3/4 cups

  • Oil 1 1/2 tablespoons

  • Bay leaf 1

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Onions chopped 2 medium

  • Ginger chopped 1 inch piece

  • Garlic chopped 4-5 cloves

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Coriander powder 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Tomatoes finely chopped 2 medium

  • Salt to taste

  • Fresh coriander leaves finely chopped 2 tablespoons


Step 1

Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add bay leaf, cumin seeds and cook briefly.

Step 2

Add onions and cook over medium heat till onions turn translucent. Add ginger and garlic and stir-fry for half a minute.

Step 3

Reduce the heat and add red chilli powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder and stir to mix well.

Step 4

Add tomatoes and continue to cook for three to four minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain and add the chana dal and carrot cubes and mix well.

Step 5

Add one cup of water and salt to taste. Cook on high heat till the water begins to boil, then lower the heat, cover and simmer till the dal is well cooked and the masala is almost dry.

Step 6

Adjust salt. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

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