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Indian Chana Dal with Garlic

Chana dal is a small relative of the garbanzo bean. It is one of the lowest foods available on the glycemic index and is full of protein and fiber.
  Chana dal 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs), rinsed, debris removed
  Water 4 1⁄2 Cup (72 tbs) (For Cooking The Chana Dal)
  Vegetable stock 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), pressed
  Garam masala/Curry powder 3 Teaspoon
  Cayenne pepper 1⁄8 Teaspoon (Adjust Quantity As Per Taste)
  Wheat free tamari soy sauce To Taste

Place the chana dal in a colander and rinse. Remove any stones, discolored beans or husks.
Place in a pressure cooker and pour in enough water to cover by 1/2 -3/4 inches. Cover, lock the lid, place on the stove top and begin heating the pot. When it reaches pressure, lower the temperature to medium-low and begin timing.
Cook for 8-15 minutes. This will depend on your altitude, type of water you have, and how soft you want the chana dal to be. See How To Use a Pressure Cooker for more information.
When its finished cooking, release the pressure and take the pot to the sink. Run cool water on the lid until the pressure is completely released.
Remove the lid. Add the spices, tamari, and using a garlic press, squeeze the garlic into the pot. Bring to a boil, lower the temperature and simmer for 3-5 minutes, or until the garlic is aromatic.
Serve with brown rice or naan and steamed vegetables.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Vegetarian, Low Cholesterol
Have you tried cooking Chana Dal? A common dal used in Indian cooking, it is really healthy and full of protein. Here is a video showing you how to prepare this dal. A simple recipe and the use of a pressure cooker enables you to prepare this quickly.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 951 Calories from Fat 52

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 6 g9.2%

Saturated Fat 0.43 g2.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 1446.1 mg60.3%

Total Carbohydrates 165 g55%

Dietary Fiber 65.9 g263.7%

Sugars 19.8 g

Protein 64 g128.5%

Vitamin A 18.5% Vitamin C 13.4%

Calcium 33.4% Iron 61.8%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Indian Chana Dal With Garlic Recipe Video