Cholar Dal Recipe Bengali Style – How to Make Bengali Style Chana Dal

post modified on November 6

Written by Puja

Cholar Dal Recipe is a no onion no garlic, traditional Bengali Dish made with Bengal Gram or chana dal. Cholar dal goes really well along with Bengali style puri known as Luchi.

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Could there be anybody who would like to walk on garbage? Or, maybe drive through a pile of garbage?

No. Isn’t it?

Then why do we throw garbage on the sides of the roads that we drive through or, walk every day?

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One of the biggest problems in Bangalore is Garbage.

We do not have a proper garbage disposal system and consequently the city is surrounded by garbage everywhere, so much so that somebody on social media called Bangalore, which is otherwise called as the “City of Gardens” as the “City of Garbage”.

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But whatever we do or, how much ever we are trolled and shamed, we still don’t want to change.

It feels sad when you see people dirtying places faster than the ones who cleaned it.

This is from just a few days back.

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Dilip went to drop our daughter to school. The road that takes has a stretch that is full of garbage on one side. It was dirty and filthy.

On that day he happened to see some people cleaning the garbage.

There were some of the people from the nearby apartments who had taken it upon them to clean their surroundings.

They were supported by some of the employees from the Municipality.

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He came back and told me the entire story and how the roads were clean now and that there is no more garbage lying here and there. Upon listening to this I felt very happy.

Then we saw the same group of people from the Municipal Corporation cleaning garbage in another area nearby us a little later in the day.

In about a day, they managed to clean two localities.

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We felt things were changing. We felt happy.


That happiness lasted only for two days, until the day we decided to go to a temple near our daughter’s school.

So we took the same road that Dilip used to take on his way to drop our daughter to the school.

And we were shocked!

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The area that was cleaned just a day back was worse than earlier. And it didn’t take more than a day for us to do that.

Such a pity!!!

The only thing everybody is bothered about is to clean their houses but they don’t care about the surroundings of there houses.

People are hardly bothered about the effort that the people who clean these public areas put in.

And the easiest statement to brush that off is to say that it’s their job to clean those places.

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But if that is the case, then it is our responsibility to spread filth. Isn’t it our responsibility to maintain the cleanliness on the roads, public property or the surroundings.

Yes, it is our responsibility, which we don’t fulfill.

The next time, before we blame the authorities and the government about the filth and garbage around us, ask yourself a question – “Have we done our part in ensuring that we dispose off garbage responsibly?”

Let us all ensure that we fulfill our responsibility towards ensuring that garbage is disposed off correctly and contribute towards a better society and the betterment of our country.

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Cholar Dal Recipe Bengali Style – How to Make Bengali Style Chana Dal

Cholar Dal Recipe is an easy to make recipe, packed with nutrition as chana is high in fiber and protein. This recipe has no onion and no garlic in it. The addition of coconut in this recipe gives this recipe a very unique taste. Cholar dal recipe is generally served with Bengali Style Puri also known as Luchi. But this can also be served along with normal wheat flour puri, kachori, and rice.

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Cholar Dal Recipe

Cholar Dal is a no onion-no garlic, traditional Bengali Dish made with Bengal Gram or chana dal. Cholar dal goes really well along with Bengali style puri known as Luchi.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 302kcal
Author: Puja


  • 1 cup Chana Dal soaked and washed
  • 1 tbsp Coconut chopped
  • 1 tbsp Coconut thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp Raisins optional
  • 3 Green Cardamom
  • 2 inch Cinnamon Stick
  • 2-3 Bay Leaves
  • 2 tsp Ginger grated
  • 2-3 Green Chilli slit
  • 2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 2-3 Dry whole Red chilli
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Mustard Oil
  • 1/2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Salt to taste


  • In a Pressure cooker add the dal, little salt and turmeric powder.
  • Pressure cook the dal until it gets cooked. (make sure that the dal should not become mushy)
  • Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the coconut slices and chopped coconut until golden brown. Drain and set aside.
  • Now in the same pan add ghee with the leftover mustard oil.
  • Add the crushed cinnamon and cardamom to it.
  • Once you get the nice aroma, add bay leaf, cumin seeds and whole dry red chillies and let it splutter.
  • Now add grated ginger and green chillies, saute for a while and then slowly pour the dal.
  • Simmer the dal over low flame for about 10 minutes, stirring in between.
  • Add the raisins, sprinkle the sugar and salt.
  • At last add, fried coconut and give it a nice mix.
  • Serve hot along with Bengali Luchi, puri, kachori or rice.


Nutrition Facts
Cholar Dal Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 302 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 168mg7%
Potassium 544mg16%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 455IU9%
Vitamin C 72mg87%
Calcium 88mg9%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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