Chana dal is a protein rich grain extremely nourishing providing many amino acids in the diet. Chana dal is used to make soups and dals in the Indian cuisine. A funny use of chana dal is to feed the horse that the groom travels on during the time of wedding in India. Chana dal is considered healthy and provides a good meal when combined with brown rice or naan bread.
What is Chana Dal?
Chana Dal is coming from black chickpeas or kala chana that have been split in two and then polished to remove the skin. In India, dal always refers to a split lentil, pea, chickpea or bean. Chana Dal is having a nutty flavor.
Chana Dal is called by different names across India and Asia. In Bengali, chana dal is called chholar dal. In Marathi, chana dal is called harbara dal. Also called horse gram.
Nutrition of Chana Dal :
Chana Dal is rich in antioxydant, rich in fiber and helps to lower cholesterol. Chana Dal is also a good source of zinc, folate, calcium and protein.
How to cook Chana Dal?
1. Soak 1 cups of Chana Dal in water for minimum 3 hours.
2. In a pressure cooker, add the soaked Chana Dal, 4 cups of water, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp black pepper, 1tbsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp red chilli powder, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tbsp oil/ghee, a pinch of hing/asafoetida.
3. Pressure cook for 3 whistles.
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Chana dal is often used to prepare the famous Indian dish Dal Tadka. See the video below for recipe.