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Narkel Diye Cholar Dal Recipe: How To Make Bengali-style Chana Dal With Fried Coconut

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Narkel diye cholar dal is a special Bengali version of the chana dal and is prepared commonly in most Bengali households. The Bengali-style chana dal is prepared by cooking chana dal with aromatic dried spices and a hint of fried coconut pieces, adding flavour to this already flavourful dish.

The chana dal with narkel is simple and quick to make and is traditionally prepared for all Bengali festivals. This is a 'no onion and no garlic' dish and is mainly eaten with luchis or rice. A spoonful of this dal already colours the palate with all the spices and leaves you craving for more.

The cholar dal is a simple yet delicious side dish and can easily be prepared at home. Here is a simple yet traditional recipe with a video. So, watch and also read the step-by-step procedure with images.

NARKEL DIYE CHOLAR DAL VIDEO RECIPE

NARKEL DIYE CHOLAR DAL RECIPE | HOW TO MAKE BENGALI CHANA DAL WITH FRIED COCONUT | BENGALI-STYLE CHOLAR DAL RECIPE
Narkel Diye Cholar Dal Recipe | How To Make Bengali Chana Dal With Fried Coconut | Bengali-style Cholar Dal Recipe | Chana Dal With Narkel Recipe
Prep Time
15 Mins
Cook Time
30M
Total Time
45 Mins

Recipe By: Meena Bhandari

Recipe Type: Side dish

Serves: 2

Ingredients
  • Chana dal - ¾th cup

    Water - 2½ cups + for rinsing

    Turmeric powder - ½ tsp

    Oil - 2 tbsp

    Coconut slices (cut into one-inch strips) - ¾th cup

    Hing (asafoetida) - ¼th tsp

    Jeera - 1 tsp

    Bay leaf - 1

    Elaichi (cardamom) - 2

    Cloves - 2

    Cinnamon stick - an inch piece

    Dried red chillies - 2

    Ginger (grated) - 1 tsp

    Salt to taste

    Sugar - 1 tsp

    Raisins - 5

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How to Prepare
  • 1. Add chana dal in a sieve.

    2. Rinse it thoroughly with water.

    3. Transfer it into a bowl.

    4. Add 2 cups of water and allow it to soak for 10 minutes.

    5. Add the soaked dal along with the water into a pressure cooker.

    6. Add half a cup of water.

    7. Add turmeric powder.

    8. Pressure cook it for up to 4 whistles on medium flame.

    9. Allow the pressure in the cooker to settle.

    10. Meanwhile, add oil in a heated pan.

    11. Add the coconut pieces.

    12. Roast for 3-4 minutes, until it turns light brown.

    13. Remove from the pan and keep it aside.

    14. Add hing in the same pan.

    15. Add jeera and a bay leaf.

    16. Then, add elaichi and cloves.

    17. Add a cinnamon stick and dried red chillies.

    18. Sauté for about 30 seconds.

    19. Add the grated ginger and mix well.

    20. Add the cooked dal.

    21. Add salt to taste.

    22. Add sugar and raisins.

    23. Mix well and allow it to cook for 4-5 minutes.

    24. Add the fried coconut pieces.

    25. Transfer it into a bowl and serve hot.

Instructions
  • 1. The dal shouldn't be overcooked and mushy.
  • 2. The soaking of the dal is done, so that it cooks easily. 3. You can add ground coconut instead of the pieces.
Nutritional Information
  • Serving Size - 1 cup
  • Calories - 171 cal
  • Fat - 6.1 g
  • Protein - 7.4 g
  • Carbohydrates - 21.6 g
  • Sugar - 0.4 g
  • Fibre - 1.7 g

STEP BY STEP - HOW TO MAKE NARKEL DIYE CHOLAR DAL

1. Add chana dal in a sieve.

2. Rinse it thoroughly with water.

3. Transfer it into a bowl.

4. Add 2 cups of water and allow it to soak for 10 minutes.

5. Add the soaked dal along with the water into a pressure cooker.

6. Add half a cup of water.

7. Add turmeric powder.

8. Pressure cook it for up to 4 whistles on medium flame.

9. Allow the pressure in the cooker to settle.

10. Meanwhile, add oil in a heated pan.

11. Add the coconut pieces.

12. Roast for 3-4 minutes, until it turns light brown.

13. Remove from the pan and keep it aside.

14. Add hing in the same pan.

15. Add jeera and a bay leaf.

16. Then, add elaichi and cloves.

17. Add a cinnamon stick and dried red chillies.

18. Sauté for about 30 seconds.

19. Add the grated ginger and mix well.

20. Add the cooked dal.

21. Add salt to taste.

22. Add sugar and raisins.

23. Mix well and allow it to cook for 4-5 minutes.

24. Add the fried coconut pieces.

25. Transfer it into a bowl and serve hot.

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Story first published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 15:24 [IST]
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