Do you know what's one of the best ways to add more fiber and protein to your diet? By having more dal or pulses. I come from a typical Punjabi family in North India and we rarely have a meal without dal. Chana dal or split chickpeas dal is one of the most commonly prepared dals in our home. So, here I thought of sharing its easy recipe. 

This homemade dal tastes as good as the tadka dal you usually have at roadside dhabas. It is flavourful and filling! You can have it with boiled rice, chapatis or parathas. 

How To Make Chana Dal? 

  • Wash dal properly and soak in water for an hour. 
  • In a pressure cooker, add dal, water and tumeric powder. 
  • Pressure cook for 10 minutes or 7-8 whistles. Keep the dal aside. 
  • In a pan, prepare tadka. 
  • Add some ghee or oil. 
  • Sprinkle asafoetida or hing. 
  • Add in cumin seeds and let them splutter. 
  • Next add ginger and garlic. Cook till golden brown.
  • Next add in onions and tomatoes. 
  • Add in all the other spices - red chilli powder, turmeric powder, dry mango powder, garam masala powder and stir. 
  • Add crushed fenugreek leaves to the mix. 
  • Transfer the tadka to the dal and stir. 
  • Cook for 5-8 minutes and garnish with coriander leaves. 
  • Serve with dal or paratha.

Chana Dal Recipe Card

This chana dal tastes great with rice, chapati or paratha.

Total Time :
30 min
Preparation Time :
10 min
Cooking Time :
20 min
Servings :
Cooking Level :
Main Course
Tanya Malik


  • 1 Cup Chana Dal
  • 2-3 Cups Water
  • 1/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1-3 Tbsp Ghee Or Oil
  • 1 Tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/4 Tsp Hing Or Asafoetida
  • 1/2 Tsp Grated Ginger
  • 2 Tsp Chopped Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup Onions
  • 1 Cup Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 Tsp Dry Mango Powder
  • Salt As Required
  • 1 Tsp Fenugreek Leaves
  • 1-2 Tsp Coriander Leaves


Step 1
Wash dal and soak in water for about an hour.
Step 2
In a pressure cooker, add dal, water and turmeric powder.
Step 3
Pressure cook for 10 minutes or 7-8 whistles.
Step 4
In a pan, add some oil or ghee.
Step 5
Add in ginger, garlic, onion, tomatoes and dry spices.
Step 6
Transfer tadka to the dal and cook for about 5-6 minutes.
Step 7
Garnish with coriander leaves.
Step 8

chana dal homemade

Serve with rice, parathas or chapatis.