Thursday, September 10, 2009

Channa Dal

Here's another yummy recipe for you from my mum in law

  • 1 cup channa dal or chick peas garbanzo beans to us
  • 2 big tomatoes chopped
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 green chili
  • 1 teaspoon ginger/garlic paste
  • 1 curry leave
  • a small stick of Cinnamon 
  • one clove
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • pinch of turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • fennel seeds
  1. soak the channa overnight, then pressure cook it for 3 whistles
  2. in a separate pan, heat canola oil and then add cinnamon, clove, green chili, fennel seeds and curry leaves for 2 min
  3. add onion saute for a few minutes then add ginger/garlic paste and tomatoes
  4. let it reduce down to a paste, then add masala powder, coriander and cumin and channa
  5. turn the heat to low and simmer for a further 15 min, garnish with cilantro
This dish goes great with chapati, its a great source of protein and fiber, copper, folate and manganese.



  1. Lots of curry, dal and tomato in Indian recipe, right! But still tasty yummy good!

  2. Beautiful dish! Sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing your mother-in- law's recipe!

  3. Thank you for the recipe. My younger daughter loves curries and I will make sure I save this recipe for her next visit

  4. Love it! I usually make similar dal with salmon-colored lentils but we all love chickpeas so this would go over really big in our house! Love all Indian food and flavorings and love to make the vegetarian ones.

  5. Lov chick peas,yummy channa masala..

  6. I love dal! It's so satisfying and healthy. It pleases a crowd and it's so easy to make.
    Thanks for this recipe!

  7. Yum! I wish I had some of those spices around so I could make some Indian food. I haven't checked the commissary, but I doubt some of those are available.

  8. My little space: was good want some?
    andrea: she is enjoying sharing i think lol
    laura: oh she will love it lol
    Jamie: this is a good one, oh all lentils rock
    Vrinda: me too lol
    Paildor: will tell her
    Marta: my pleasure
    Kenny: thanks
    Melinda: you just need a good curry powder and you will be ok
    Shri: thanks for stopping by

  9. I would love to try this one! I love Chickpeas!

  10. Oh wow, this looks yummy!! Thanks for sharing!!

  11. I really love Indian spices.....That sounds and looks great!

  12. Diana my pleasure
    Erica give it a try
    Sangeeta i hear ya

  13. Nice to see an Indian dish being made in your kitchen,I hope you go on trying our dishes and enjoying them....

  14. Mahek: my hubby is Indian so its a natural thing to do lol

  15. wow! all those Indian food treats! you must be having a good time with your mom-in-law!

  16. I make a lot of curries and dal but have not ever cooked with mung beans. I am going to have to try this one--it looks great!

  17. I thought I would point out that this recipe is not Channa Dal but Channa or Chole. Channa Dal is a lentil, not a Chickpea which this recipe is. So this recipe is really Channa Masala. Channa (chickpeas) and Channa Dal (split lentils) are two different things. So if in a restaurant or Indian market, if its Chickpeas you want, make sure you ask for Channa Masala or Chole, not Channa Dal. If you like lentils definitely try Channa Dal, but just remember its different from plain Channa.

  18. I love dahl and am always curious to see how others prepare it. your recipe looks really delicious, nice to have a mum in law like that! x shayma



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