Chana Dal Curry/ Curried Bengal Gram Lentils Soup

Chana Dal Curry/ Curried Bengal Gram Lentils Soup

Chana Dal Curry/ Curried Bengal Gram Lentils Soup is an easy one pot protein rich dish. I love this dish since childhood. In this dal my mom used to add potatoes. Bottle gourd is also added to this curry in another recipe called Lauki Chana. I like the potato version more than bottlegourds.

This bengal gram lentils takes longer to get cooked as compared to other lentils. So I would advice to soak them in warm water for 15 minutes. If you will not soak them prier, it will take 3 more whistles to get properly cooked. Again it depends upon the quality of water in your locality. At my place it takes 8 – 9 whistles for the gram lentils to get well cooked. If you will cook in pan or kadai, it will take around 40 – 45 minutes to cook them. But I don’t believe in lengthy cooking methods. So I pressure cooked the dal with all curry spices.


This dal I have prepared in the same way as curries are cooked. For other dal I first pressure cook and then add in tampering of cumin seeds, garlic and spices to them. But here I have started with tampering first. That means first sauted onion garlic tomatoes and other spices. Then added soaked lentils. This is easier as well. I have added potato cubes to the lentils. Also added raw mangoes for that tangy taste. If not in season you may add dry mango powder to the dish. A pinch of garam masala adds that freshness and additional curry flavor to the dal. So you may consider adding them also.

Lets make this easy protein punch bengal gram lentils or chana dal.

 

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Chana Dal Curry/ Curried Bengal Gram Lentils Soup
Chana Dal Curry/ Curried Bengal Gram Lentils Soup
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This is easy dal or curry made from bengal gram lentils or chana dal. Serve with rice or any flat breads. A protein rich dal.
  • CourseDal, Main Dish, Sabzi & Curry
  • CuisineIndian
  • KeywordIndian Dal
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 20 Minutes
Chana Dal Curry/ Curried Bengal Gram Lentils Soup
Chana Dal Curry/ Curried Bengal Gram Lentils Soup
Print Recipe
This is easy dal or curry made from bengal gram lentils or chana dal. Serve with rice or any flat breads. A protein rich dal.
  • CourseDal, Main Dish, Sabzi & Curry
  • CuisineIndian
  • KeywordIndian Dal
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 20 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Servings
Instructions
  1. Wash and soak the dal in water for 20 minutes.
  2. Heat 3 tbsp oil in a pressure cooker. Add cumin seeds once they crackle add in hing/ asafoetida, ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute. Add garlic and onion and saute till they are translucent.
  3. Add chopped tomatoes to the cooker. Cook till tomatoes are cooked and soft.
  4. Add coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder. Mix well and cook for a minute. Add in soaked lentils or dal. Mix with spices and cook on high flame for 2 minutes.
  5. Add sliced raw mango (cut into larger pieces). Add in 2 cups of water. Close the lid of the cooker and cook for 5 - 6 whistles on medium heat.
  6. Turn off heat and wait till the lid opens. Then add garam masala and chopped coriander leaves. If you are using dry mango powder in stead of raw mangoes then at this stage.Mix well and close the lid for 5 minutes more.
  7. Serve hot with rice or any flatbreads.
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