Monday 7 November 2016

Cholar Dal | Bengali Style Cholar Dal | Lentils with Coconut and Spices

Cholar dal is a traditional bengali dish that is generally served on special occasions like a birthday or annaprashan or a festival like durga puja or a wedding.  It is usually paired with luchi (pooris made with maida instead of wheat flour).

Unlike other dals, cholar dal is a bit sweet and flavored with aromatic spices and garnished with raisins and coconut.  It is very easy to prepare and tastes heavenly.

Cholar Dal, Bengali Cholar Dal


  • Bengal gram - 1 cup
  • Coconut - 1/2 cup, cut into very small pieces
  • Ginger - 2-inch piece, grate & keep aside
  • Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Elaichi - 3
  • Cloves - 3
  • Cinnamon - 1-inch thin piece
  • Red chillies - 2
  • Salt - As required.
  • Oil

How To Prepare Bengali Cholar Dal:

  • Pressure Cook 1 cup of bengal gram/cholar dal with 1/4 tsp of turmeric and a little salt and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a kadai and add bay leaf, elaichi, clove, cinnamon and red chillies. Once you start getting a good aroma of the spices, add the cooked dal and mix well.  Do not add any water.
  • Add ginger paste, salt, sugar and mix well.  At this point, add a cup of water and let it cook for sometime.  Cook till the water content reduces and the dal becomes thicker.
  • Garnish with fried coconut pieces.
  • Yummy cholar dal is ready.  Serve hot with luchi or paratha.

Are you looking for more sides to roti or parathas, check out these:

Mattar Paneer

Aloo Mattar

Palak Paneer

Aloo Gobi

Channa Masala


Beena said...

Look so good. Perfect for rotis

foodgalleri said...

Thank you Beena

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