Chana Dal – Split Yellow Gram


  • 1 cup uncooked chana dal
  • 6 cups water
  • 5 whole cloves garlic
  • 2-inch ginger root, cut into quarters
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped
  • Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 green chili, cut in half
  • 1 cup hot water

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Wash lentils and soak in hot water for 45 minutes.
  2. To a pan, add water, lentils, garlic, and ginger. Let it boil until lentils are tender, may take 30 to 40 minutes.
  3. When the lentils are cooked, discard the ginger.
  4. In another pan, fry onion in oil and 1 Tablespoon butter until translucent.
  5. Add tomatoes to onion. Stir 3 minutes on medium high heat.
  6. Add garam masala, coriander, curry powder, cumin, and turmeric. Continue stirring.
  7. Add green chili. Stir for another 2 minutes.
  8. Pour lentils on top of onion and tomato mixture. Stir and mash the lentils with the back of the spoon. Add one cup of hot water.
  9. Let simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally. The longer it simmers, the more flavor it develops, will take 3 minutes.
  10. Add 1 tablespoon butter just before serving. Serve hot with plain rice or bread.

Source : Munaty Cooking

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