Friday, May 27, 2011

cholar dal,truly an authentic bengali dish !

"Cholar" means chana dal ( bengal split gram ) in bengali ,this dal is exceptionally easy and quick to make ,the  pure authentic bengali flavour with a dash of sweetness and the flavour of coconut is usually made with "luchis" ,a flaky,puffed thin( bengali) indian bread in weddings and occassionaly on festivals in Bengal.We cherished this dal with rice which was  again a very comfort food.Wish i could have made some luchis in combo but was just too short of time but nevertheless this dal turned out super delicious and theres always a next time,we 3 luved this dal and next time i m making it with luchi for sure :) .I am lurking on Deepa of hamaree rasoi's blog since long time now and i found this traditional dish very appealing,her pics were real treat to eyes,trust me the cholar dal recipe which she posted i cudnt take my eyes off from that pic and i knew im going to make this and i,infact we three in our family luved it,i also got glowing comments from my hubby :P .Please do check her blog with more charming dishes .I am so grateful to her for sharing such authentic and traditional dishes which can  be recreated by all of us.Thank you so much Deepa !

ingredients :
1 cup chana dal ( split bengal gram )
2 tsps finely chopped fresh coconut pieces
1/2 tsp turmeric pwd
1 tsp red chilli pwd
1-2 dry red whole chillies
1 green chilli
1/4 tsp hing ( asafoetida pwd )
1/2 tsp  ginger paste
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1-2 cardomon pods
1-2 bay leaves
1-2 cloves
1 small pc cinnamon stick
2 tsps of ghee ( i used oil )
1 tsp sugar
salt to taste
2 tbsp grated coconut for garnishing
corriander leaves for garnishing
method :
Wash and soak chana dal half an hour.Pressure cook ,adding salt,turmeric pwd and enough water,cook till tender enough yet the dal should not be completely mushy ( i cooked on slow heat for 8-10 mins ).After the dal is done add sugar,ginger paste and red chilli pwd in the dal and keep simmering. For tempering heat oil/ghee ,add bay leaf,cumin,hing ,chopped coconut ,dry red chillies and cinnamon stick.Let it splutter and fry for few secs and pour this tempering in the hot simmering dal.Boil for a min and turn of the heat.Garnish with grated coconut and corriander leaves,serve piping hot with rice / chapati /luchi.
sending this to nayna's Flavours of bengal event ,guest hosted by Priya of mharo rajasthan recipes.


  1. Very interesting dal, this recipe is new to me, thanks for sharing.

  2. Now i'm blushing :-), reading all the praise you wrote here. Really thank you for trying my recipe. Liked your garnishing here. And yes this dal tastes best with Luchi. I;m sure once you taste this with luchi your fondness will double fold.
    Have a glowing weekend ;-)
    Hamaree Rasoi

  3. What a coincidence! Even I've posted this recipe just right now! Looks really good...

  4. It looks so good! Love this daal, it's my hubby's favorite too but he prefers with rice, aloo posto and luchi is another favorite.

  5. I love cholar daal...have made it many have made it so beautifully.

  6. Feel like finishing that whole bowl,delicious and inviting dal..

  7. A classic recipe ~ love this with piping hot rice n papad ~ YUM :D
    US Masala

  8. cholar dal looks yummy. I would love to try this one.

  9. A perfect and healthy dhal. Do send this to flavours of Bengal event details at

  10. A very Yummy Dish ...

    New to ur space and a Happy New Follower :)

    Do visit me space as time permits

  11. thank u so much everyone...and deepa u really deserve all the praises :)
    thank u so much yummy dish to be a follower of palate corner ,will surely drop at ur space soon !

  12. yummy dish...the bong dishes are just so heavenly and flavourful :P


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