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Chollar Dal

Amit.Chopra's picture
A great preparation for Bengali events. Especially great for marriage, parties and Holi.
Ingredients
  Bengal gram 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Water 5 Cup (80 tbs)
  Cumin seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Finely chopped ginger 1⁄2 Inch
  Turmeric powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Sliced green chili 3
  Coriander seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cumin powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Ghee/Butter 2 Tablespoon
  Diced coconut 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Sugar 1 Teaspoon
  Bay leaf 2
  Whole red chili 2
  Salt To Taste
Directions

1. Mix coriander & cumin seeds powder with red chili powder adding little water. Grind ginger into a paste.

2. Add 5 cups of water into Bengal gram. Add above ground spices, ginger, salt, sugar, green chilies and turmeric powder. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer till cooked but not dissolved.

3. Slice from fresh coconut and cut into 1/4 inch cubes. Fry in butter to light brown. Add fried coconut pieces to the boiled lentil.

4. Heat ghee or butter. Add cumin seeds, bay leaf and whole red chili and fry till splutters and becomes light brown.

5. Pour in the boiled dal and cook in reduced heat for 6/7 minutes or till dal thickens to medium consistency.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Bengali
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Feel: 
Smooth
Method: 
Stewed
Dish: 
Curry
Interest: 
Holiday, Everyday, Kids, Healthy
Occasion: 
Wedding
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Vegetable
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
40 Minutes
Ready In: 
55 Minutes
Servings: 
5

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2 Comments

shantihhh's picture
very nice, we really enjoyed this recipe. I did use more chiles from the garden
Manikant's picture
I tried this recipe of Bengal Gram and it came out fantastic. I love Bengali food and keep on experimenting in my kitchen. Thanks for the recipe!