Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Cholar Dal


Cholar dal, a popular bengali dish served during the festive season along with luchi ( puri).This is simple dal cooked with some aromatic whole spices till soft and mushy and usually served with fried coconut pieces.
  • 1 1/2cups Split Bengal gram /chana dal
  • 2tbsp Ghee
  • 1tbsp Mustard oil
  • 2tbsp Coconut ( small 1/4 inch thin slices)
  • 2 Whole dried red chillies
  • 1 Bayleaf
  • 3 Cloves
  • 1/4tsp mustard
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 2 Green cardamom
  • 1/2tsp Cumin/jeera
  • 3 Green chillies( finely chopped )
  • 1/2tsp Turmeric
  • 1tsp Ginger ( crushed)
  • 1tsp Red chilly powder
  • 2tsp Jaggery

Cooking Directions
  1. Soak Bengal gram for 30 minutes.
  2. In a pan,heat 1tbsp Ghee for about 1 minute.Add coconut pieces and fry till light brown.Remove and keep aside.
  3. Heat oil in a cooker add mustard (optional) red chillies ,bay leaf,cloves,cinnamon,cardamom and cumin seeds.Stir for a few seconds.
  4. Add fried coconut pieces and all the other ingredients except water and remaining 1tbsp ghee.
  5. Stir and fry for about 2 minutes.Add Water and stir once.Close cooker and cook till done or take 3-4 whistle.
  6. Allow the cooker to cool naturally .Open the cooker,pour the remaining 1tbsp ghee evenly over dal. Garnish with coriander leaves .This dal is specially relished with hot Luchi/Maida puries an authentic bengali dish

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