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Sweet Chana Dal

Sweet Chana Dal

Chana Dal in white bowl

Sweet Chana Dal

Chana is a variety of chickpea that is small and split in half. Chana dal is a common dish in India, typically made as a thick soup and served with chapattis (flatbreads), rice, and other vegetable dishes. This recipe is one example of the many ways to make chana dal.

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time1 hr
  • Total Time1 hr 10 min
  • Yield4 servings

Ingredients

For the soup

  • 1 cup chana dal (small, split chickpeas)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tbsp ghee or olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 2 tomatoes cut into wedges
  • 4 tbsps dry coconut flakes
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Method

Preparing the dish

1

If you have time, pour the dried chana in a bowl and cover with fresh water for an hour. This soaking will help speed up your cooking time but is not necessary.

2

Bring water and dal to boil. Then, lower heat to simmer and cook 45 minutes. Skim foam off the top as you notice it forming.

3

Heat olive oil or ghee in a frying pan on medium heat. Add cumin seeds and grated ginger and cook 3 minutes or until seeds begin to pop and become fragrant.

4

Add the cumin seeds and ginger to the dal and continue cooking until beans are thoroughly cooked. About 10 minutes.

5

Remove dal from pot once they are soft. Add tomatoes, coconut flakes, syrup, and salt. Mix well and serve.

Look for organic chana in the bulk section of your health food store or in a specialty Indian market. If you can’t find it, substitute with yellow split peas.

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