How to make Narkol Diye Cholar Dal - SK Khazana -

A favourite dal of the Bengalis, they cook this on special occasions

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Bengal gram (chana) (चना), Scraped coconut (कसा हुआ नारियल)

Cuisine : Bengali, Indian

Course : Dals and Kadhis

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Narkol Diye Cholar Dal - SK Khazana

Narkol Diye Cholar Dal - SK Khazana Recipe Card


It is a fact that Dals and Kadhis are comfort foods and they are a good source of calcium, phosphorus, vitamins B and iron. Dals, especially are a major source of dietary fibre and proteins. Kadhis are a blend of yogurt and herbs which assist in efficient digestion. Every region has its locally grown herbs and spices as the key ingredients, thus a variety of kadhis are relished across the length and breadth of Indian subcontinent.

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Narkol Diye Cholar Dal - SK Khazana Recipe

  • Bengal gram (chana) 3/4 cup

  • Scraped coconut fresh 3 tablespoons

  • Fresh coconut chopped 2 tablespoons

  • Bay leaves 3

  • Mustard oil 2 tablespoons

  • Ghee 1 tablespoon

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Cinnamon 1 inch stick

  • Dried red chillies 2

  • Green cardamoms 1-2

  • Cloves 1-2

  • Green chilli paste 3/4 teaspoon

  • Asafoetida a pinch

  • Sugar

  • Ginger grated teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Cumin powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Coriander powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Bengali garam masala powder for sprinkling

  • Green chillies slit 1-2 for garnish

  • Fresh coriander sprigs for garnish


Step 1

Take Chana Dal in a bowl and wash thoroughly with sufficient water and transfer into a pressure cooker. Add 1½ cups water and soak for 10 minutes.

Step 2

Add 1 tbsp scraped fresh coconut and 1 bay leaf, cover the cooker and cook under pressure till 4-5 whistles are released. Allow the pressure to reduce completely.

Step 3

Heat mustard oil in a non-stick pan and let the oil smoke. Add chopped coconut and sauté till golden brown. Transfer into a bowl and set aside.

Step 4

Add ghee to the oil remaining in the pan, add cumin seeds, remaining bay leaf, cinnamon stick, dried red chillies, green cardamoms and cloves .

Step 5

Add remaining scraped coconut and sauté well. Add green chilli paste and asafoetida and mix well.

Step 6

Add sugar and grated ginger, mix well and sauté till the sugar dissolves and the mixture caramelizes slightly. Add turmeric powder, cumin powder and coriander powder, mix well and saute for a few seconds.

Step 7

Add the cooked dal and mix well. Let the mixture simmer for 2-3 minutes. Take the pan off the heat.

Step 8

Transfer the prepared dal into a serving bowl and drizzle ghee on top. Top with fried coconut pieces, and sprinkle a little Bengali garam masala powder. Garnish with slit green chillies and coriander sprig and serve hot.

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