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Bengali Cholar Dal | step wise pictures

Bengali Cholar Dal
Chana Dal is an excellent source of fiber, iron and protein. It is a low fat, low cholesterol and low sodium food. It is known as Kadalai paruppu in Tamil. I have already prepared  some recipes with chana dal like chana dal halwa, puran poli, Adai, Dal baati, Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu and Vadai. Cholar Dal is a Bengali no garlic no onion curry. Serve this Cholar Dal with Jeera rice or Phulkas. Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing Bengali Cholar Dal.

Soak Time: 1 hr
Cook Time: 25 mins
Yields: 2 Servings
Bengali Cholar Dal

Chana Dal | Kadalai paruppu1/2 Cup
Oil2 tsp
Cinnamon stick 2 cm1
Red Chilly2
Green Chilly1
Ginger finely chopped1 tsp
Turmeric powder1/4 tsp
SaltAs needed
Shredded coconut2 tsp


  • Wash and soak chana dal for 1 hour. Pressure cook for 4 to 5 whistles.

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  • Heat Oil in a pan. Add cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, green chilly, red chilly and finely chopped ginger. Fry till raw smell goes off. Add cooked chana dal .

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  • Add turmeric powder, salt and and 1/4 cup of water. Cook for 5 mins. Switch off the stove and garnish with shredded coconut.

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Bengali Cholar Dal | step wise pictures
Bengali Cholar Dal | step wise pictures


Adjust green chilly and red chilly to your taste.


  1. very easy, quick and healthy dal dear, thanks for sharing...

  2. Any meal in an Indian family has to consist of at least one dal dish, and at least every few days. My ideas of what to do with it has dried out and this awesome bengali style dal dish will be on our table for the next meal.

  3. New to me nithya.Will try for rotis one day.Lovely and easy to prepare.


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