Chana Dhal

A vegetable dish that seems to be a favourite! Usually made with chicken or Dhoodi / lauki / bottle gourd.

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion (finely sliced)
  • 4 tbsps oil ( you may need more )
  • 2 whole green chillies
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic (3/4 measuring tsp)
  • 1 tsp coriander powder (3/4 measuring tsp)
  • 3/4 tsp cumin powder (1/2 measuring tsp)
  • 1 heaped tsp red chillies (or to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric (half of a 1/4 measuring tsp)
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tbsps grounded tomato (1/3 cup)
  • 1/2 cup chana dhal (washed & soaked overnight)
  • Dhoodi / lauki / bottle gourd (roughly weighing 500g)- optional

Chicken – Optional:

  • 1/2 a chicken
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Pinch of turmeric
  • 1 cinnamon stick (taj)
  • 2 cloves (lawing)

Method

  1. Recite Bismillah.
  2. Cook chicken in the listed ingredients on low heat till its half cooked. (About 20 mins). If you are making your chana dhal with Dhoodi / lauki / bottle gourd you will skip this step.
  3. Fry green chillies & onions in oil till pinkish in colour.
  4. Lower the heat then add ginger garlic.
  5. Cook for a few minutes.
  6. Then add cumin powder, coriander powder, red chillies, turmeric & salt.
  7. Cook for a few minutes.
  8. Now add grounded tomato & cook till oil releases.
  9. Add the chana dhal & cook on medium to low heat for 20 mins. Add water as needed.
  10. Add chicken or dhoodi & cook on low heat till everything is tender. Add water as needed.
  11. Garnish with chopped coriander & green chillies.
  12. Serve with hot chappatis.
  13. Remember us in your duas & enjoy!