cholar dal recipe | bengali style chana dal | bengali niramish cholar dal

Cholar dal is a bengali style niramish or veg chana dal recipe which perfectly goes with luchi, kochuri, dal puri or even radhaballavi. Basically this narkel diye cholar dal or coconut added bengal gram is an authentic and  popular recipe among indian bengalis and bangladeshi people. Since my childhood I’ve been seeing, in any bengali festival or occassion this niramish cholar dal is a highly rated dish which used to served with khasta luchi and begun bhaja or deep fried eggplant.

Slightly sweet, ghee and garam masala flavoured this yummy cholar dal is still a surprise dinner for me and my family with luchi, ruti or paratha. Even we all prefer this dal more than any niramish tarkari or vegetable curry. Generally, this homemade chana dal is not served with rice. But in my house my mom serve this dal with pulao as bhog or prasad during durga puja.

For making this bengali style niramish cholar dal recipe, pre-boiled bengal gram is cooked  in common indian spices with ghee, hing, sugar, grated coconut and  garam masalas.I prefer to add grated coconut and some small pieces of coconut too in my recipe to make it more scrumptious. If you don’t consume coconut then make  it without coconut and won’t be bad in taste.

bengali narkel diye cholar dal is served with luchi

This Bengali chana dal itself, a great source of Iron and protein, is rich in fiber which helps in weight loss and reduces cholesterol. And adding of coconut actually helps to boost metabolism and aid in fat loss. So the combination of this dal and coconut is as healthy as tasty as well.

In spite of being, pure non- vegetarian, we Bengalis have a lot more favorite veg recipes and this cholar dal recipe is one of them. In any occasion, especially all of our Bengali festivals are incomplete without luchi or puri- cholar dal or luchi – aloor dum combination.

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You may also try some other vegetarian recipes

cholar dal recipe | bengali style chana dal | bengali niramish cholar dal

Ingredients of cholar dal

  • 1 cup cholar dal/ chana dal/ bengal gram
  • 1 1/4 tsp ginger paste
  • I green chili paste
  • 1 medium size tomato(chopped)
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2  tsp Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 3 tbsp coconut( grated/ shredded/ chopped)
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • a pinch of hing or asafoetida
  • salt (as per taste)
  • water (as required)

For tempering

  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 whole red chilies
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 green cardamom(shredded)
  • 4 cloves
  • 1-inch cinnamon stick

For making garam masala powder

  • 4-5 green cardamom
  • 6 cloves
  • 1-inch cinnamon stick

Prep time: 20 mins

Cooking time: 20-25 mins

Served in: 40-45 mins

Cuisine: Bengali

Course: Breakfast | Dinner

Served for: 5 people

Author: Moumita Paul

How to make cholar dal recipe


Soaking the dal

soaking the dal in water for making this recipe

  • Take a cup of pink yellow coloured chana dal.
  • Wash it 4-5 times thoroughly under the running water.
  • Soak it in water for about 1 hr.

After boiling the dal :

after a perfect boiling

  • Take a pressure cooker, add 1 cup of dal,1 tsp salt, 1 tsp turmeric powder.
  • Add 2 cups of water in it, close the lid of the cooker.
  • Place the pressure cooker on the medium-high flame and wait for 3 whistles
  • Turn off the flame and let the pressure cooker cool completely.

How to make cholar dal

  • First, take a deep bottom pan, add 1 1/2 tbsp ghee in it.
  • Now add cumin seeds, bay leaf, whole dried red chili into the pan. Let crackle the cumin seeds.
  • Add a pinch of hing or asafoetida for getting the wonderful aroma.

saute the masalas in the pan

  • Then add chopped tomato and 1/4 tsp salt in it. Fry and then mash the tomato with the help of your ladle.
  • Add ginger and chili paste. Stir it well.
  • It’s time to add cumin powder, sugar and 2 tbsp of grated coconut. Saute until the raw flavor of masalas goes off.

making cholar dal narkel diye

  • Now add the boiled dal in the pan and stir it gently.
  • Add water as required. I add I cup of water, you can add water according to your requirement.
  • When it starts boiling add the garam masala powder, which has been described above. And add rest of the coconut (1 tbsp of grated coconut). salt as required. Mix it well.

 authentic bengali cholar dal is ready after sprinkling garam masala on it

  •   Let boil for a few minutes, though this dal is generally served thick you can make it according to your requirement.
  • Turn off the flame and lastly add 1 tsp ghee on the top of the dal. Gently stir and cover it with a lid to spread the aroma of freshly adding ghee to all over the dal.
  • Garnish this cholar dal with with fried coconut or narkel and cashew nuts.


  • This thick version of chana dal is perfect for luchi, roti, paratha or chapati.
  • If you wish,  you can make a thin consistency of it by using more water to serve it with rice.
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3 thoughts on “cholar dal recipe | bengali style chana dal | bengali niramish cholar dal”

  1. Hi Moumita, I made the dal yesterday. It was simply awesome. I followed all the steps you have outlined and the only change I made was that I added an extra 1 tablespoon of sugar after the dal was ready. That is it and it is a personal preference. That dal tasted absolutely fine without it. Thank you so much for the recipe. Now going to make your dum aloo. Not sure where I can rate the recipe, but this recipe gets a 5 out 5 πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much Mitali…really glad to know that you loved my recipe…yes you may add more or less sugar according to your taste…Thank you once again for your valuable feedback and the highest ratings that really motivate me to do a lot more good work😊😊…you may rate it through my website


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