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A nice variation for regular dal. Very simple and easy to make. Tastes  superb!

Preparation time : 20 mts
Cooking time : 20 mts
Serves : 2 people


  • 1 cup Chana Dal
  • 1 Big Onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Mustard  seeds
  • 2 tsp Chopped Garlic
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • Salt to taste
Spicy Chana Dal


  • Wash and soak chana dal in two cups of water for 2 hours.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, garlic and saute till garlic gets nice golden color.
  • Add onions and saute till gets light brown color.
  • Add garam masala, red chilli powder and saute till oil separates from the spices.
  • Add chana dal along with its water, add salt, mix and pressure cook until 4 whistles.
  • After 4 whistles, turn diwn heat to medium and simmer it for 10 mnts.
  • Turn off the heat and let the pressure goes down by itself.
  • Add sugar and cook for 2 mts
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.


  • Cooking time for each cooker differs so try to cook dal using your own judgement.
  • Use home made or store bought garam masala.

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