Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Hi friends!
I was longing to have some spicy Chana dal for lunch today..and I rushed into the kitchen and made this simple yet healthy and tasty dal (also called pulses)! I keep in mind that dal should be consumed on a daily basis as it is rich in protein.



1.Chana dal -1 and 1/2cups
2.Jeera -1/2tsp
3.Jeera powder-1/2tsp
4.Dhaniya powder -1/2tsp
5.Turmeric powder-1/2tsp
7.Green chillies-2
8.Onions (chopped) -2
10.Cinnamon stick-1
11.Coriander leaves (to garnish)
12.Ginger paste-1/2tsp
13.Garlic paste-1tsp
14.Salt to taste


1.Wash the pulses (chana dal)in running water and soak it in water for about 1hour.
2.After an hour drain the pulses.
3.Boil the pulses along with 3 cups water ,salt and turmeric powder in a pressure cooker. Ensure the lid is tightly closed. After four whistles the pulses should be done.
4.Let the pressure cooker cool and only then open the lid.
5.Heat a pan and put ghee(oil) in it.
6.Add the jeera and let it splutter. Further add cinnamon stick, green chilles and onions and let it cook.
7.When you see the onions turn pink put the garlic paste and the tomato. Cook until the tomato becomes soft.Then add ginger paste along with jeera powder and coriander powder.
8. Cook for about 4 minutes.
9.The pressure cooker gets cool by now, so we can now open the lid and put this mixture of the pan into the cooker. Boil it for 10 mins more (dont close the lid this time so that excess water evaporates).
11.You can now serve the Chana Dal in a pretty bowl and squeeze some lemon for a tangy taste.
12.Garnish it with coriander leaves and green chilles.


1.Soak the pulses(chana dal)for about an hour so that it gets cooked easily.
2.After we boil the pulses in the cooker do not open the lid of the cooker until the cooker cools down.

You can serve the chana dal with parathas or pulao !