Masala Channa Dhal/Masala Dhal

This dhal is my hubby's favorite and learned from him after marriage which is very simple and flavorful.He likes to have it with white rice but I like to have it with roti and phulka.
Most of our week days recipe is simple and include dhal in any form such as sambhar,kottu or seasoned dhal.I make this one if there is no veggies and serve it with some pappad and chips.
The dhal tastes delicious if shallots are used and I prefer to make it with shallots,if not you can use the regular onion.Here is the recipe.........  


Channa dhal/kadalaparuppu1/3cup
Shallots/chinna vengayam10-12nos.
Garlic/poondu4 cloves
Chilly powder/milagai podi 3/4tsp
Turmeric powder/manjal podi 1/4tsp
Coriander leaves(chopped)2tbs
Curry leaves(chopped)2 sprigs
Saltto taste
For the tempering
Cinnamon/Pattai1 inch piece
Fennel seeds1/4tsp
Bay leaf(optional) 1no.

 Pressure cook the channa dhal with enough water for 2-3 whistles,till the dhal becomes soft and mash it slightly.Finely chop the shallots and garlic,keep it aside.
Heat the pan with oil,add the fennel seeds,once it starts sizzles add the cloves and cinnamon.Add in the curry leaves then goes in chopped shallots and garlic,cook it in a medium flame till the onion becomes soft and transparent.Once the onion turns transparent add in the chilly powder and turmeric powder,salt,mix it well.
Add a cup of water let it boil for one boil.Now add the cooked dhal and cook it for 5-6 minutes in a medium flame.
Finally add the grated coconut and mix it well,allow to boil for a minute.Garnish it with coriander leaves.
Dhal is ready.

Serve it hot with rice or roti.

  • The dhal becomes thick on cooling so adjust the consistency accordingly.
  • Do not mash the dhal completely otherwise it changes the taste and consistency.
  • If you are using the bay leaf,take it out after cooking.


Dhal is looking ve ry delicious....

Dhal looks so tempting. Nice one

Dals are my comforting food too,if i feel down i cook dal or bake..Loving this masala dal.

Dal looks very comforting...n ur pictures r really awesome

Keep up the good work dear:)

haven't tried with channa dal, i usually make kootu...this sounds interesting...will try this for sure...inviting masala dal!

looks really flavorful... nice recipe! :)

Very healthy and comforting dal.

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so comforting and so homey!!! love this with roti or rice!!
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