Dim Diye Cholar Dal

This is a traditional Bengali dal preparation which is rich in proteins. Bursting with flavour this is a wholesome dish with eggs adding its nutritive content. People who suffer from gassiness should consume it in moderate quantities since chana dal is known to cause flatulence

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Dim Diye Cholar Dal


Main ingredients Hard boiled eggs, Split Bengal grams, Mustard oil, Cloves, Green cardamoms, Asafoetida, Garlic, Ginger, Onion, Tomato
Cuisine Bengali
Course Dals
Prep time 55-60 minutes
Cook time 40-45 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Savoury
Level of cooking Moderate
Others Non-veg




·         4-5 eggs (anda / dim), hard-boiled and peeled

·         1 cup Bengal gram (chana dal / cholar dal), soaked for 1 hour and drained

·         2 bay leaves

·         3 tbsps mustard oil

·         ½ tsp turmeric powder

·         Salt to taste

·         1 tsp cumin seeds

·         3-4 cloves

·         3-4 green cardamoms

·         ½ tsp asafoetida (hing)

·         1 tbsp finely chopped garlic

·         1 tbsp chopped ginger

·         1-2 green chillies, slit + for garnish

·         1 medium onion, finely chopped

·         1 medium tomato, roughly chopped

·         ½ tsp cumin powder

·         ½ tsp coriander powder

·         1 tsp sugar

·         ½ tsp garam masala powder




1.      Put the drained Bengal gram into a pressure cooker, add 2 cups water, salt, and bay leaves and mix well. Cover and cook till 3-4 whistles are given out.

2.      Heat 2 tbsps mustard oil in a non-stick pan till it smokes. Switch off the heat and let it cool a bit. Heat it again and add turmeric powder, salt and hard boiled eggs and mix well. Saute for 2-3 minutes. Transfer the eggs onto a plate.

3.      Heat remaining oil in the same pan. Add cumin seeds, cloves, green cardamoms, asafoetida, garlic, ginger and green chillies, mix and sauté for 1 minute.

4.      Add onion, mix and sauté till golden brown. Add tomato, mix and saute for 2-3 minutes.

5.      Add ½ cup water, mix, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes.

6.      Open the cooker once the pressure has reduced completely. Add the cooked gram to the pan and mix well. Cook for 2-3 minutes.

7.      Add cumin powder, coriander powder, sugar, salt and garam masala powder and mix well. Cook for 1-2 minutes.

8.      Add the sautéed eggs and mix well. Cook for 2-3 dminutes.

9.      Transfer into a serving bowl, garnish with slit green chillies and serve hot.