By Chefs Pranav Sinha and Meghna Khanna

December 2020


  • 1 Cup Chana Dal
  • 1⁄2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1⁄2 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1⁄2 cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1⁄2 tbsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1⁄2 tbsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1⁄2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala (preferably homemade)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1⁄2 tbsp ghee
  • Salt to taste


  • Soak chana dal for 30 mins. Pressure cook chana dal with double the
    amount of water until cooked but still maintains the shape (about 15-
    20 minutes in a traditional pressure cooker or 1 whistle).
  • In a pan, heat the oil, add cumin seeds, saute until it begins to splutter.
    Add onions and fry till golden brown. Add ginger and garlic and fry for
    about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, turmeric powder, coriander powder
    and salt to taste. Mix well and fry on medium heat until masala thickens, and oil begins to separate. Add the boiled Chana dal with the leftover water from the cooker and mix well.
  • Cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes until dal begins to look consistent but still maintains the shape.
  • Add garam masala and cook for one minute. Mix well and remove from heat.
  • Serve hot with Basmati Rice.
  • Enjoy!