Apr 242014
Cholar Dal Recipe

Cholar Dal

Cholar Dal Narkel Diye is lentils cooked with coconut slivers, raisins and spices. Mishti Chola Dal has a distinctive flavour and rich aroma. Bengali Chana Dal is a classic sweet dal Bengali preparation that goes well with luchis or kachoris.

Chana dal is rich in soluble fiber and protein. It has a low glycemic index and is good for those with diabetes.

Chana gram dal for narkel diye cholar dal

Chana Dal

Cholar Dal Recipe Step By Step:

Mishti cholar dal with coconut is a delicious twist to a simple dal recipe. Bengali sweet chana dal recipe is a perfect balance of flavour and consistency.

How to make Bengali Cholar Dal:

1. To make delicious Cholar dal with coconut, first boil Bengal gram dal till soft.

Boiled chana dal

Boiled Dal

2. Heat oil in a pan and add whole garam masala and red chillies. Saute for about  30 seconds. Add coconut slivers and raisins and fry for 1-2 minutes.

Saute whole spices, raisins and coconut pieces for chana dal

Fry whole garam masala, coconut slivers, raisins

3. Pour in the boiled chana dal. Mix in salt, sugar and cumin powder.

Add boiled chana gram dal to the spices

Add dal

4. Simmer the Bengali meethi dal for 2-3 minutes till all the flavours are nicely absorbed. Top with a tsp of ghee.

Bengali Chana Dal with coconut

Bengali Meethi Chana Dal

5. Serve Cholar dal narkel diye (chana dal with coconut) with Luchis, Kachoris, Rotis or Steamed rice.

If you are looking for more Bengali Khana recipes, do try out Jhinge Posto and Chanar Shondesh.

 Bengali Chana Dal Recipe details below:

Cholar Dal Recipe
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
1 hr
Narkel Diye Cholar Dal is usually made for festive or special occasions. The thick, fragrant wholesome Bengali chana dal imbibes the flavours of whole garam masala, shredded coconuts, raisins and pure ghee. Try out this simple niramish ranna Bengali dal recipe.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Bengali
Servings: 2
Calories: 307 kcal
Author: Shil
  • Chana Dal Bengal gram – ½ cup
  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Cinnamon – ½ inch stick
  • Cardamom – 2
  • Cloves – 2
  • Red Chilli – 1
  • Grated Ginger – ½ tsp
  • Cumin Seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Raisins kishmish – 1 tbsp
  • Coconut Slivers – 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric – ½ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Cumin powder – ½ tsp
  • Sugar – 1 ½ tsp
  • Ghee – 1 tsp
  • Oil -1/2 tbsp
  1. To make narkel diye cholar dal, clean and wash chana dal. Soak in water for 30 minutes. Drain and pressure cook with a pinch of turmeric till soft.
  2. Heat oil in a pan. Add bay leaf, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and red chilli. Sauté for a minute.
  3. Add cumin seeds and allow to splutter.
  4. Add coconut slivers. Fry till slightly brown.
  5. Add raisins and sauté.
  6. Add grated ginger and hing. Stir.
  7. Add the cooked dal. Add cumin powder, salt and sugar. Combine well. Simmer chana ki dal for 5 minutes till it becomes slightly thick.
  8. Serve Bengali Cholar Dal Narkel Diye with Luchi or Steamed Rice.


Cholar Dal Recipe Bengali Style | Niramish Chana Dal With Coconut
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