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cholar dal

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.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 302 kcal
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


  1. In a Pressure cooker add the dal, little salt and turmeric powder.
  2. Pressure cook the dal until it gets cooked. (make sure that the dal should not become mushy)
  3. Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the coconut slices and chopped coconut until golden brown. Drain and set aside.
  4. Now in the same pan add ghee with the leftover mustard oil.
  5. Add the crushed cinnamon and cardamom to it.
  6. Once you get the nice aroma, add bay leaf, cumin seeds and whole dry red chillies and let it splutter.
  7. Now add grated ginger and green chillies, saute for a while and then slowly pour the dal.
  8. Simmer the dal over low flame for about 10 minutes, stirring in between.
  9. Add the raisins, sprinkle the sugar and salt.
  10. At last add, fried coconut and give it a nice mix.
  11. 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.