Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Channa Dal curry/ Kadalai paruppu curry

Channa dal  has a low glycemic index and we all know foods with low glycemic index is good for us. It is basically split and polished garbanzo beans.
It is used widely in the south indian cuisine for vadai, adai, cootus, spice powders and thogayals. I make dal with this, which is some time a nice change from the usual moong or toor dal.

This is a basic recipe and you can always add or take out any ingredient you want too. I served it with chapathis and rice and we all enjoyed it.

Get Ready ; (serves 2)

  • 1/3 cup channa dal
  • 2/3 cup water + plus more
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 green chilli slit
  • 1 tsp chopped ginger
  • 1 clove garlic chopped ( optional)
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp tamarind concentrate
  • 1 tbsp grated coconut
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp sugar ( optional)


  • Wash and soak the channa dal for 20 mins.
  • Heat oil ina pressure cooker.
  • Once hot add the mustard seed, cumin and let them pop.
  • Add the garlic and fry till golden.
  • add the onions, green chillies, ginger and saute till the onions are golden.
  • Add the dal, 2/3 cup water, tamarind paste, coconut, salt to taste and mix well.
  • Pressure cook for 3 whistle, simmer for 5 mins and turn the heat off
  • Release the pressure. If the dal is a little runny, let it boil till thickened to desired consistency.
  • Add 1/2 tsp sugar, cilantro.

Serve hot with rice, rotis, chapthis or parathas.
Simple satisfying meal on a busy weekday is ready!


  1. This is different from regular dals, looks absolutely delicious, priya...

  2. Looks very yummy..i love this dal :)

  3. Quite different and comforting curry..yumm!

  4. Delicious & healthy!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  5. I too make it same way...but never added tamarind....will try this version soon...looks yum....

  6. Superb curry! Great for a rainy evening!

  7. Interesting variation to the usual toor dal n moong dal..
    Btw, if you are interested, check out the event at my space and this post qualifies as an entry to the 'Design A Menu - 2' (provided a menu is designed as per the rules of the event.

  8. Thats a lovely twist from the usual dal preparations... Looks like I should give a try :)

  9. Spicy and yummy curries,great with rotis.

  10. Ohh this is such a comfort food. Looks delicious ....



  11. Hey, like he gravy in the curry, the coconut paste sounds delicious :)

  12. What a great combo of ingredients- loved the recipe dear!
    US Masala

  13. this looks n sounds delicious..must be very tasty too..:P
    Tasty Appetite

  14. Indeed a healthy choice and sounds flavorful too.


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