Thursday, May 31, 2012

Cholar Dal

This tasty Dal from Bengal is from my recipe collection. “Cholar” is a Bengali word for Channa (in Hindi) and its English equivalent is Bengal Gram or yellow lentil. 
Apart from being tasty, it is also very easy to prepare.  

 Chollar Dal 6


Channa Dal
1 cup
1 tbsps
Cumin/jeera seeds
2 tsps
Bay leaf/Tejpatta
Chopped green chilies
1 or 2
Grated ginger
1-2 tsps
Grated coconut
¼ cup
Turmeric powder
½ tsp
Asafoetida /Hing
A pinch
As per taste
2 tsps


  1. Wash the chana dal and boil it in 3 cups of water for about 25 mins or till done. Or you can pressure cook it for about 12-15 mins.  It should not be mushy. Keep it aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and to this add jeera, tejpatta, chopped green chilies, grated ginger, grated coconut, turmeric powder, and asafetida and fry for a few minutes till you get a nice aroma. Lower the flame.
  3. Pour the boiled channa dal in the pan. Add a little water if necessary. Do not make it very watery.
  4. Add the required salt and sugar.
  5. Simmer it for a few minutes and serve hot.

Chollar Dal 4
Ingredients for "Cholar Dal"

Serves: 3


  • This tastes good with rice and chapattis too.
  • I garnished it with chopped coriander leaves. This is optional.


  1. It is always nice to make a different dal once in a way. Quite a change from rasam and sambar.

  2. Very flavorful, like the addition of coconut to it..

  3. simple and full of flavours.nice recipe

  4. such a simple and delicious dal recipe. very yummy