Saturday, October 31, 2009

Chana Dal with coconut ground masala



Yeah , this is one more of those “Maa ke hath ka khana” vali recipe :P One more hand written recipes notes jotted down while Mom on other side on Phone, One the upper side of page is – Chanyachi Dal and second part if os Solkadi :D

In Marathi - Chanyachi Dal – Its a simple Chana Dal with Coconut ground garam masala gravy. I normally  prefer Dals with some ground masala, they taste elegant and royal in their own sense. This is one of those recipes which sounds simple but has some ground work, but the end result is profoundly the best.


You Need: IMG_2754

  • Bengal Gram – chana Dal: One Measure
  • Water to cook the dal: 2 ½ Measure
  • Asafetida: Pinch for tempering
  • Curry Leaves: 2-3 for tempering
  • Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Jaggery + Tamarind Pulp: 2-3 tbsp
  • Oil: Tempering base
  • Salt to taste

Grind to Paste:IMG_2757

  • Grated coconut: less than 1/4 of whole
  • Cumin Seeds: 1tbsp
  • Coriander seeds: 2-3 tsp
  • Cloves: 1-2
  • Cinnamon stick: for taste
  • Red Chilies: 5-6 in numbers

You DO:

  1. Soak the Chana Dal for half an hour to two hours at stretch.
  2. Cook the Dal in Pressure Cooker with the mentioned measure of water for about 3-4 whistles.
  3. By the time the Dal is cooked, you can make the required ground paste of masala.
  4. Roast the ingredients mentioned under Grind to paste. After roasting for 2 to 4 mins, grind the ingredients to powder.IMG_2772
  5. Mix the tamarind and jaggery pulp and again grind to make a fine paste.
  6. Once the chana Dal is cooked, remove from Pressure cooker when it cools off, smash the dal a bit.
  7. Heat Oil in Kadai,Mix the tempering stuffs.
  8. Pour the cooked Dal in Kadai, add turmeric powder and salt.
  9. Later mix the ground paste.IMG_2785
  10. Mix appropriately, let is simmer with cover.IMG_2786
  11. When done, garnish with coriander leaves.IMG_2787

We had it as side dish with rice, with Okra fry and pickle.


Posting this recipe for MLLA 16 hosted by Cook Sister an event initiated by Susan of The Well Seasoned Cook


Also Sending this to Think Spice : Think Coriander seeds event , hosted this time at Priya’s easy N  tasty recipes, originated at  Sunita’s World!

Sending across to Bean & legume recipes you can count on


Editing to add Reposts:

Sending my following Two Chutneys recipes to Spicy Fiery Chutney's event!

  1. Ridge Gourd Skin/Edges Chutney – [Shirala chya saalichi chutney / Turai ke chillke ki chutney]
  2. Pudina Chutney


  1. Mom's recipes will always be the best always ...and it looks also very delicious....lovely click kanchan

  2. Lovely recipe Kanchan!!

    I Must try it.

  3. Hi Kanchan, awesome recipe here! Looks so yummy! Thank you for sharing! Loving your blog and following you!

  4. @Sushma,
    Yeah, the list is big one with Moms recipes, will post as and when I prepare to :)

    Thanks dear.

    Do try and let me know.

    Welcome dear. Hope to see you often around.

  5. Mom's recipes are always the best..gr8 dal..

  6. Good to see ..Mom made recipes :) They definitely have the spl touch!

  7. Looks delicious,Mom recipes always special

  8. Awesome...Lovely pics too..Following you to catch up with your new recipes :-)

  9. I love chana dal very much. I appreciate for your beautiful description with step by step wonderful and mouth watering pictures. Chana dal looks delicious.

  10. First time here...Delicious channa dal recipe.....Following uuuuu.

  11. Cool!Very nice recipe and very well step wise explained pics!

  12. Delicious recipe .The photos are very good Kanchan.

  13. I bet moms recipe are the hidden treasures! I love the step by step pics too :)

  14. @Pratibha,
    @my kitchen,
    @Raks Kitchen,
    Thanks :)

    True,even getting notes from Mom are quite specific and to point :D

    Thanks Dear :)

    Thanks yaar, Hope to see you often around.

  15. Dear you are tempting me with too many mommy's delights! Now I am totally confused which one to try first! Dal looks delicious!! :)

  16. Healthy and delicious dal Kanchan. Yummy spices here.

  17. WOW! Any such masala dal is my instant favorite :D

  18. @Rohini,
    thank you :)


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