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Chana Dal With Cucumber, a simple yet hearty dal with the goodness of fresh crunchy cucumber. A quick-to-dole-out recipe, so if you are late from work and craving for some piping hot dal, try this one out.


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chana dal with cucumber recipe | cucumber chana dal subzi | healthy chana dal sabzi | khira aur chana dal ki sabji is a very quick sabzi perked up with common Indian spice powders. Learn how to make healthy chana dal sabzi.

To make chana dal with cucumber, wash and soak the chana dal in water for at least an hour and drain well. Combine the chana dal with 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker and pressure cook for 2 whistles or till the dal is soft. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Mash the dal lightly with the back of the spoon and keep aside. Heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan, add the cumin seeds. When the seeds crackle, add the cooked dal, cucumber, turmeric powder, ginger-green chilli paste, salt and chilli powder, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 5 to 7 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Add the sugar, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute. Serve hot garnished with coriander.

A simple yet hearty sabzi with the goodness of slightly crunchy cucumber. A quick-to-dole-out recipe, so if you are late from work and craving for some piping hot sabzi, try this one out. Khira aur chana dal ki sabji won’t disappoint!

The trick in this cucumber chana dal subzi is to cook the dal till it is soft, but not mushy. It can be carried to work and enjoyed with chapati accompanied with a salad of your choice.

Chana dal in addition to protein provides a good source of iron and fibre while cucumber, added to enhance the flavours, contributes minimal calories and no fat to your diet. Diabetics, heart patients as well as those aiming weight loss and healthy lifestyle take pleasure in enjoying this healthy chana dal sabzi with one modification. Prefer to use only 1 tsp of oil for tempering.

Tips for chana dal with cucumber. 1. Cucumber can be replaced with roughly chopped bottle gourd (doodhi / lauki). 2. You can avoid the use of coriander as a garnish, to make a Jain version of this recipe. 3. If you wish, you can replace it with ½ tsp of chopped jaggery. Either are optional. You can avoid them completely also. 4. If you are serving this sabzi later, you might have to add little water before re-heating and adjust the consistency of the sabzi. 5. To make it slightly more healthy, you can reduce the amount of oil used in this recipe to 1 tsp.

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Chana Dal with Cucumber, Healthy Chana Dal Sabzi recipe - How to make Chana Dal with Cucumber, Healthy Chana Dal Sabzi

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     4Makes 4 servings
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Ingredients

For Chana Dal With Cucumber
3/4 cup chana dal (split bengal gram)
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/2 cup roughly chopped cucumber
a pinch turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tsp ginger-green chilli paste
salt to taste
1/2 tsp chilli powder
a pinch of sugar

For The Garnish
1 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)
Method

For chana dal with cucumber

    For chana dal with cucumber
  1. To make chana dal with cucumber, wash and soak the chana dal in water for at least an hour and drain well.
  2. Combine the chana dal with 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker and pressure cook for 2 whistles or till the dal is soft.
  3. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
  4. Mash the dal lightly with the back of the spoon and keep aside.
  5. Heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan, add the cumin seeds.
  6. When the seeds crackle, add the cooked dal, cucumber, turmeric powder, ginger-green chilli paste, salt and chilli powder, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 5 to 7 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  7. Add the sugar, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  8. Serve the chana dal with cucumber hot garnished with coriander.

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What is chana dal with cucumber made of?

  1. Chana dal with cucumber is made of 3/4 cup chana dal (split bengal gram), 1 tbsp oil, 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera), 1/2 cup roughly chopped cucumber, a pinch turmeric powder (haldi), 1 tsp ginger-green chilli pastesalt to taste, 1/2 tsp chilli powder and a pinch of sugar.

Tips for chana dal with cucumber

  1. Cucumber can be replaced with roughly chopped bottle gourd (doodhi / lauki). 
  2. You can avoid the use of coriander as a garnish, to make a Jain version of this recipe. 
  3. If you wish, you can replace it with ½ tsp of chopped jaggery. Either are optional. You can avoid them completely also.
  4. If you are serving this sabzi later, you might have to add little water before re-heating and adjust the consistency of the sabzi. 
  5. To make it slightly more healthy, you can reduce the amount of oil used in this recipe to 1 tsp.  
     

How to select chana dal

  1. Dried chana dal is available all year round in pre-packaged as well as in bulk containers and is easy to store. 
  2. If purchasing in a packaged packet, check to see if there is a "use-by" date on the package. 
  3. If buying from bins, make sure the bins are not left in the open exposed to dust and grime. 
  4. Check the dal to see if it is unblemished, free from moisture damage, insects and stones.
  5. The dal should be uniform in colour and size.
     

How to select cucumber, kakadi, kheera

  1. As cucumbers are very sensitive to heat, choose ones that are fresh with no signs of shrinkage. 
  2. They should be firm, rounded at their edges, and their color should be a bright medium to dark green. 
  3. Avoid cucumbers that are yellow, puffy, have sunken water-soaked areas, or are wrinkled at their tips. 
  4. Thinner cucumbers will generally have less seeds than those that are thicker. 
  5. While many people are used to purchasing cucumbers that have a waxed coating, it is highly recommended to choose those that are unwaxed, so the nutrient-rich skin can be eaten without consuming the wax and any chemicals trapped in it.

How to soak chana dal

  1. To soak chana dal for chana dal with cucumber recipe | cucumber chana dal subzi | healthy chana dal sabzi | khira aur chana dal ki sabji, pick and clean 3/4 cup chana dal (split bengal gram). Wash and transfer into a deep bowl.
  2. Pour enough water over it.
  3. Cover the dal with a lid and soak for 1 hour. 
  4. Drain the dal using a strainer. Keep aside. 

How to make chana dal with cucumber

  1. To make chana dal with cucumber recipe | cucumber chana dal subzi | healthy chana dal sabzi | khira aur chana dal ki sabji, add the soaked and drained chana dal in a pressure cooker. One cup of cooked Chana Dal provides 33% of your protein for the day. Chana dal is  heart and diabetic friendly, also rich in fiber. Chana dal has high amount of potassium and low amount of sodium which makes it very effective in regulating your blood pressure. Read this article on complete benefits of chana dal
  2. Add 2 cups of water for cooking the dal. 
  3. Pressure cook for 2 whistles or till the dal is soft. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
  4. Mash the dal lightly with the back of the spoon and keep aside.
  5. For the tempering of chana dal with cucumber recipe | cucumber chana dal subzi | healthy chana dal sabzi | khira aur chana dal ki sabji, heat 1 tbsp oil in a broad non-stick pan.
  6. Add 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera).
  7. When the seeds crackle, add the cooked dal.
  8. Add 1/2 cup roughly chopped cucumber. With that high water content, cucumber act as a broom for our system to sweep out harmful toxins from our body. The sterols from cucumber aid in managing blood cholesterol levels well and is diabetic friendly. Low sodium and fair amounts of potassium will help to control blood pressure.  Cucumber forms a healthy snack as it's alkaline and a great acidity snack reliever. So you can have it as a snack at work. Better to have it peeled to remove the effects of pesticides. See detailed benefits of cucumber
  9. Add a pinch turmeric powder (haldi).
  10. Add 1 tsp ginger-green chilli paste.
  11. Add salt to taste.
  12. Add 1/2 tsp chilli powder.
  13. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 5 to 7 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  14. Add a pinch of sugar. If you wish, you can replace it with ½ tsp of chopped jaggery. Either are optional. You can avoid them completely also. 
  15. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  16. Garnish with 1 tbsp finely chopped coriander.
  17. Serve chana dal with cucumber recipe | cucumber chana dal subzi | healthy chana dal sabzi | khira aur chana dal ki sabji hot.

Health Benefits of healthy chana dal sabzi

  1. Healthy Chana Dal Sabzi – rich in protein, iron and vitamin B1. 
  2. The protein from the chana dal will help nourish the cells of the body and help in their maintenance and repair. 
  3. Protein is also necessary to maintain immune cells and thus has a role to play in building immunity. 
  4. Chana dal supplements a fair amount of iron too. This nutrient is necessary to ensure proper supply of oxygen to all parts of the body. 
  5. Vitamin B1, also called Thiamine, from chana dal helps in energy metabolsim. 
  6. Thus this dal is a wise indulgence, especially for vegetarians to make up for their protein needs. 
     
Accompaniments

Aloo Methi Parathas 
Lachha Paratha, Punjabi Soft Flaky Lachha Paratha 
Vegetable Biryani ( Desi Khana) 
Zucchini and Eggplant Lasagne 

Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy175 cal
Protein7.9 g
Carbohydrates22.8 g
Fiber6.1 g
Fat5.9 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium29 mg

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