Chana Daal/Split Chickpeas

Chana Daal/Split Chickpeas

Chana Daal/Split Chickpeas

The only side piece I need.

Chana Daal/Split Chickpeas

Chana Daal/Split Chickpeas has a great balance and flavor and this always makes a marvelous weekday meal. Dal is a dish which can comfort all year round.

I always wanted to find a fat free way to get a good food.

Chana daal has a slow impact on blood sugar. So, I find it very satisfying as it doesn’t fasten my blood sugar. If you are diabetic, check your blood sugar after having chana daal.

This particular version has always been a favorite and there are few more steps involved in the making of this delicious daal. I made this in the past, so no extra preparation is required.

It really doesn’t take too much time and you will have a frolicking experience.

A surprisingly easy dish that can also be made as a vegan.

Chana Daal/Split Chickpeas is cooked with onions and certain spices and end up with cilantro and a squeeze of a lemon juice.

There’s so much room for the modification and creativity in this recipe.

Let’s start with my remarkable version of chana dal.


  • 1 cup Chana Daal/Split Chickpeas
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds, crushed
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt


Add chana daal in a bowl and rinse well and soak overnight or at leat 4 hours prior to cooking.

In a pressure cooker, add chana dal, onion, salt, red chili, turmeric and water.

Cook till 7 minutes if using a pressure cooker over a medium heat (depending on the brand os the pressure cooker). When the pressure is released, turn off the heat and open the lid. You can cook in a pan as well.

When it is quite cooked well and soft enough, raise the heat to high and cook till the consistency you want.

Now, in the end, add salt according to your taste and cook for 1 more minute and set aside.


In the meanwhile, make tarka for Chana daal as follows:

In another pan, heat oil and add julienne cut garlic and the remaining half sliced onion and cook till it changes its color.

Now, add cumin seeds and count to 5 and stir well and pour this tarka over the dal.

Now put on simmer for 5-10 minutes.

Dish out chana dal and garnish it with a fresh coriander and squeeze lemon juice over it.

Serve this yummy dal with roti or nan or white rice.


  • You can cook daal in a pan or pot. Add 4 cups of water in 1 cup soaked dall and cook for about 45 minutes till daal is soft.
  • If daal becomes thick, you can add more water and simmer for more minutes.
  • If it becomes thin, simmer for a long period of time till you get enough conisitency.






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