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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 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.


Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 168mg | Potassium: 544mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 455IU | Vitamin C: 72mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 5mg