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 Top 10 Chana Dal Recipes

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Top 10 Chana Dal Recipes

Chana dal is one of those pulses that is easily available in almost all parts of India, and is widely used in the cuisine of most Indian communities. A half-round shape and a pleasing yellow colour make it very attractive to use in your cooking. It has a kind of neutral flavour and mealy texture, which suits both sweet and savoury dishes. The spicy Masala Vada of South India and the Puran Poli of Maharashtra need no introduction! It is also used extensively to make subzis and dals, either separately on hand-in-hand with other pulses or veggies.
 

More about chana dal and its products

Chana dal is made commercially by splitting and polishing baby chickpeas. It is available readily in all grocery stores in different pack sizes. It is also processed into other forms like flour (besan) and roasted chana dal (daria).
 

Top recipes with chana dal

Chana dal is available and used widely all over India, in all regions. Every region has its favourite recipe too. Here is a pick of the best…

1. Start your day with a tasty pancake made of chana dal combined with other healthy ingredients. It makes a wonderful breakfast and tasty snack, especially for diabetic people.

2. Golden-reddish hued and crispy to the core, this South Indian snack is an all-time favourite. Chana Dal Vada is made often in South Indian households as a special Sunday evening coffee-time snack, and served with fresh coconut chutney. It can also be served as a starter or high-tea snack.

3. Tried making halwa out of chana dal? It turns out to be just great, with an attractive colour, pleasing flavour and nice mouth-feel. Serve the Chana Dal Halwa warm garnished with slivered nuts.

4. An unusual combination of chana dal and suran makes these tikkis a grand surprise. Everybody tastes it out of curiosity and then they fall in love with it! It is just right to serve at parties and family gatherings.

5. Life is full of sweet and spicy occurrences, and this combo reminds us of that magical fact! Spicy Chana Dal served with Sweet Rice made of jaggery, this is a heavenly combo that will take your breath away!

6. A famous recipe from the heritage-rich region of Mysore, this chutney tastes great with idlis, dosas and uttapas.

7. Jain-friendly seekh kebabs made with chana dal and bananas, this is ideal to serve as a starter at your next party. Sure to stun your guests, it will up their expectations, so make sure your whole meal lives up to the expectations set by this one! Enjoy it with green chutney.

8. Do you always end up cooking your chana dal with onions and tomatoes? Try combining it with palak instead. It’s simply wowwww…

9. Kalmi Vada from the royal cuisine of Rajasthan is something that you must try! Made of chana dal and spices, this is an ever-popular snack that is made often by the Rajasthanis.

10. No Maharashtrian festival is complete without a serving of Puran Poli. Not only that, the Maharashtrians make it any time they feel like – be it to celebrate an occasion or just to enjoy a weekend the traditional way! Stuffed with a proper mix of chana dal and coconut, this recipe is out of the world. Don’t miss it.

There are special recipes everywhere, with exotic ingredients that send you on a wild goose chase! But, undoubtedly the most enjoyable ones are those that can be made anytime, anywhere with common ingredients and without too much advance planning. With ingredients like chana dal, it is amazing how you can make simple, everyday dishes like dal as well as mouth-watering delicacies like halwa! There are so many more recipes on our website using this humble dal – it will take you weeks to try them all!



top 10 chana dal recipes

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 by Tarla Dalal
It has been recently discovered that chana dal is a very beneficial pulse for diabetics as it helps in the utilization of sugar effectively causing a slow rise in blood sugar levels because of its low glycemic index. This recipe makes use of soaked chana dal mixed with vitamin rich vegetables and protein rich curds to enhance its taste. Grated ginger and green chillies add the much-needed spice to the pancakes. Cook these pancakes over a slow flame as the chana dal is coarsely ground and will take a while to cook well.
The moment a South Indian buys a cup of tea , he would also buy a plate of Chana Dal Vada to accompany it! That is how popular this tasty South Indian Chana Dal Vada is. And not without reason. With loads of onions, coriander, green chillies and spices, this vada is a real tongue tickler. Not only that, the coarsely ground chana dal paste results in super crispy vadas that make you reach out for more... and more... till somebody whacks your hand and tells you to stop! South Indian snacks like Bonda , Thattai , Medu vada and Urad Dal and Vegetable Appe also make delicious evening tea snacks or snacks for entertaining when served with coconut chutney.
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 by Tarla Dalal
Chana dal has a richer flavour than other pulses, which lends itself well to the preparation of a mouth-watering halwa. Soaked and ground dal is sautéed till a rich aroma is achieved, and then prepared into a traditional halwa flavoured with cardamom and saffron. It is important to stir the dal mixture continuously when sautéing it, to avoid charring. Also be cautious when adding the hot milk and water as it tends to splutter a bit. Although the Chana Dal Halwa requires a bit of prior soaking and takes a bit of time to cook, it is a worthwhile effort, which is sure to be lauded by your guests and family members! One of the perfect Desserts for Entertaining .
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 by Tarla Dalal
Scrumptious to the core, these mouth-watering Suran Chana Dal Tikkis feature flavourful yam bound together by an aromatic powder of freshly roasted chana dal. This winning team gets a further boost by the addition of spice powders, herbs and flavour-givers like onions, ginger and garlic. Serve these tikkis immediately because they are super-crispy, and this great texture will be lost as the tikkis cool. Green chutney is also a must-have for a totally masti experience. You can serve scrumptious Deep-fried Delights like these tikkis for High Tea Party .
5.  
 by Tarla Dalal
Chana Dal aur Gur Chawal is a sumptuous combination of spicy chana dal served with aromatic jaggery-sweetened rice. The gur chawal imbibes the flavour and aroma of fennel and cardamom beautifully, in such a way that it kindles ones appetite. It is such a lip-smacking meal you are sure to over-eat, but worry not – an assortment of ingredients like hing, saunf and black salt will aid digestion.
Kannada cuisine is generally marked by the moderate use of coconut and jaggery in almost all accompaniments. Here in the Mysore Chutney, these ingredients come together with a combination of dals, tamarind and spices. This chutney can be spread on the inner side of dosa and topped with Potato Bhaji , to make Mysore Masala Dosa .
Perfect Chana Dal Seekh Kebabs, made with the ideal proportions of chana dal, raw banana and chopped cabbage, excitingly flavoured with mint, green chillies and spice powders, can be served as a starter or as an accompaniment to tea. What makes this recipe different from other kebab recipes is that the chana dal is neither soaked not cooked, but roasted and powdered before adding to the dough. This imparts a rich aroma and a luxuriant texture to the kebabs, which is sure to attract everybody.
8.  
 by Tarla Dalal
A maharashtrian delight, tweaked to boost the health value! while palak adds vitamin a to this dish, chana dal adds nutrients like calcium, iron, folic acid, zinc and fibre. Ensure that you do not overcook chana dal, as it should be separate and not mashed.
9.  
 by Tarla Dalal
A perfect accompaniment for tea on a cold winter’s day, this Rajasthani delicacy is also surprisingly very easy to prepare. Made with a coarsely blended batter of chana dal, perked up with green chillies, onions, dhania seeds, etc., Kalmi Vada has a wonderfully crunchy texture and stimulating flavour, which make it a challenge to stop with one serving! In order to achieve that ideal texture, you need to make sure the chana dal is ground coarsely and not too finely. Khamiri Green Peas Puris , Pyaaz ki Kachori and Kanji Vadas are a few other Rajasthani snacks you are sure to relish.
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 by Tarla Dalal
Puranpoli is a traditional maharashtrian dish, and variants of it are made all over the country. It is a wholesome and delicious snack made of chana dal and coconut sweetened with jaggery and flavoured mildly with spices like elaichi. While it is festive fare, it can be made any day when you feel like making something special.
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Top 10 Chana Dal Recipes
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 on 31 May 18 11:40 AM


Of course, chanadal is most popular pulse used in every kitchen. Its is tastier and healthier and is good combinator with many vegetables. Tarla mam''s Chanadal palak is favourite on my dinning table. Her''s Tikkis, Kalmi vada and kebab is also liked by my family during sunday breakfast.