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Chana Dal Sabzi (Split Chickpeas Masala)

 Published 2023-Jun-19   Updated 2023-Jun-19

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Channa Dal ki Sabzi, கடலைப் பருப்பு மசாலா, Bengal Gram Dal Sabzi)

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Chana dal sabzi is a thick curry made with bengal gram dal. It is protein rich, absolutely simple to make and extremely delicious. This curry goes well with a bowl of white rice, jeera rice or chapathi. The consistency of the sabzi depends on your personal taste. It tastes good when it is made little thick. I personally prefer to make this sabzi for dinners after work. It requires less preparation and less time to make. 

Recipe for Chana Dal Sabzi


  • Dry Chana Dal – 1 cup
  • Onion – 1
  • Tomatoes – 2
  • Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tsp
  • Green Chili - 1
  • Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
  • Red Chili Powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala – ½ tsp
  • Kasoori Methi – 1 tsp
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Fresh Coriander Leaves – handful
  • Curry Leaves - few


  1. Wash the chana dal and soak it for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add cumin seeds and curry leaves.
  3. Add diced onion and sliced green chili. Saute for few minutes till it turns golden brown.
  4. Add ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute. 
  5. Add chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, red chili powder and coriander powder.
  6. Saute for 5-7 minutes till it becomes mashed up. Add few spoons of water if it starts sticking.
  7. Drain the chana dal, 2 cups of water and required salt. Cook for 4 whistles.
  8. After the presssure goes down, open the lid, add garam masala and Kassori methi. Cook for few minutes till the flavours blend.
  9. Finally add chopped coriander leaves and switch off.

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