Chana dhal is high in fiber and is low in cholesterol and really good for you. There are lots of other health benefits, just google it and be amazed. Its a great eaten with rice or roti, perfect paired with meat, fish, chicken or other veggies. Its also deeeelicious! This dhal like any other dhal does need to be soaked. You need to soak this for a minimum of three hours, but I prefer to soak it overnight.
|Chana dal||1 Cup (16 tbs) , soaked|
|Cumin seeds||1 Teaspoon|
|Mustard seeds||1 Teaspoon|
|Chopped onion||1/2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Chopped green chillies||1 Tablespoon|
|Garlic paste||1 Teaspoon|
|Ginger paste||1 Teaspoon|
|Chilli powder||1/2 Teaspoon|
|Diced tomatoes||2 Cup (32 tbs)|
|Water||2 Cup (32 tbs)|
|Salt||2 Teaspoon (or to taste)|
|Shredded spinach||2 Cup (32 tbs)|
1.Chana Dhal is bought dry and you need to soak this for min 3 hours to overnight. Wash this a few times to remove the cloudy water and then drain it
2.In a pressure cooker or pot, heat some oil and add the cumin and mustard seeds
3.Add the onion and allow to caramelize a little bit.
4.Add the garlic and ginger paste and all of the powder spices.
5.Add the tomatoes and allow to cook a little.
6.Add the soaked dhal, the salt and the water.
7.Close the pressure cooker and allow to cook for about 2 whistles in a pressure cooker you should have cooked dhal in under 10 minutes and about 25 30 mins on a stovetop without a pressure cooker
8.Allow the steam to dissipate before opening the pressure cooker and give the dhal a good stir and taste for salt again
9.Add the Spinach, cook for a few minutes.
10.Serve and enjoy.