Choler Dal

2 years ago

Choler Dal is a Nutty, delicious dal made by India's Bengali community. It's a mellow dal with a hint of sweetness from coconut and raisins.

Region: Bengal and Odisha

Nature: Main Course

Cuisine: Indian

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 30 min

Total Time: 40 min

Serves: 04

Main Ingredients:



Channa dal

250 gms


¼ tsp

Bay leaves

2 no

Vegetable oil

1 tsp

Mustard seeds

1 tsp

Green cardamom

4 pods


1-inch stick

Grated ginger

1 tbsp

Golden raisins

¼ cup

Coconut milk

¼ cup

Sugar or Jaggery

2 tbsp

Fresh Coconut (Optional)

3-4 sliver


To Taste

Fresh Cilantro, chopped

¼ cup

Main Methods:

  1. In a pressure cooker or in a saucepan, add bay leaves and turmeric into the lentils.

  2. If cooking in a saucepan, cover the lentils with an inch over of water, bring to a boil, and let the lentils cook at a simmer.

  3. Check frequently to ensure they don't dry up and add more water if needed.

  4. Cook the lentils until, soft and tender.

  5. In a saucepan, heat the oil. Add the mustard seeds and, when they sputter, add the cloves, cardamom and cinnamon.

  6. Sauté a minute until the cardamom looks puffy, then add the slivers of coconut, if using, and sauté until they get lightly golden brown.

  7. Add the raisins and ginger, sauté for 30 seconds.

  8. Then add the cooked dal. Stir well to mix.

  9. Add some water if the Dal is too dry.

  10. Add the jaggery and coconut milk and heat the dal through.

  11. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve hot.

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