Cholar dal in Bengal, Buta dal in Oriya , Shanaga papu in Telegu and Kadale bele in Kannad is prepared in different style all over in India. Chana dal is produced by removing the outer layer of kala chana (black chickpeas ) and then splitting the kernels. Whatever may be the procedure it is cooked very deliciously everywhere .
Today we will explore the traditional Bengali style of cooking this cholar dal. Cholar dal is not very spicy , the main taste that prevail is bit sweet but the gorgeous yellow color daal with its charming aroma of asafetida (hing) and bite size chunks of panner in it can drive any foodie crazy.
Preparation time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Cholar Dal Ingredients
- Bengal gram – 250 grams
- Panner – 100 grams cut into bite size chunks
- Ginger paste – 1 table spoon
- Turmeric powder – 1 tea spoon
- Cumin powder – 1 tea spoon
- Green chilly – 3 chopped
- Asafetida (hing) – 1/4 tea spoon
- Panch phoran (bengal five spice) – ½ tea spoon
- Bay leaves (tej patta) – 2
- Whole red chilly- 1 torn into half
- Coconut – ½ cup cut into small chunks
- Mustard oil – 3 table spoon
- Ghee (clarified butter) – 1 1/2 table spoon
- Garam masala 1 teaspoon
- Sugar – 5 to 6 heaping table spoon or to taste
- Salt to taste
- Wash and soak the dal for an hour.
- Drain and pressure cook with ample water so that the dal stay a cm below the water level.
- Cook till one to two whistle of the pressure cooker.
- Remove from heat . In a pan heat 1 tablespoon of oil fry the coconut chunks. Keep aside.
- Then on half table spoon of ghee slightly fry the panner chunks and keep aside.
- Now take a heavy button kadai or pan heat oil then add the red chilly, panch phoran and bay leaves. As it starts to splutter then add hing, ginger paste, cumin powder, green chilly stir, then add the fried coconut.
- After that add the cooked dal from pressure cooker with turmeric powder.
- As it starts to boil add salt and sugar.
- Cook for another 10 minutes then add the fried paneer cubes.
- Cook for another 5 minutes then add garam masala and ghee. Stir and your cholar dal is ready.
Serve hot with luchi, paratha, koraisutir kochuri (peas kachuri) or for all those health concious weight watcher simply have it with whole wheat rotis (Indian flat bread). Cholar dal is just awesome.