In our households, Dal is predominantly made with Toor Dal and occasionally Mung Dal. Though Chana dal is used on a regular basis, it is rarely used as dal per se.  On an occasion, we were invited to a friend's house who happen to be Punjabis and thats where I first tasted Chane Ki dal with Tomatoes. I instantly fell in love with it. So took the recipe and stored in the forgotten folders of my brain. One fine evening I had a craving for some comforting dal which was out of the ordinary. Thats when I remembered that it has been quite some time that I have not attempted this Dal and so this dal was prepared and relished with full marks being given by the Dad. The kids also seem to have no complaints..So a win-win here!!

Using this Dal, I designed another menu for 'Design A Menu - 2' event happening here at Tamalapaku.

Appetizer - Spicy Sweet Potato Soup
Main Course - Strawberry Gojju, Methi-Mango Chutney, Tomato-Chana Dal
Dessert - Wheat Flour Bobbattu/Poli

Chana Dal with Tomato

Ingredients - 

Chana Dal 1 cup
Tomatoes Chopped 1 cup 
Dhania Jeera Powder 1 tsp (or as desired)
Mirchi Powder 1/4 tsp (or as desired)
Garam Masala 1/4 tsp (or as desired)
Green Chillies 2-3 (or as desired)
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Salt as per taste
Seasoning (Oil 2 tsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Jeera 1 tsp, Mustard Seeds 3/4 tsp, Red chillies 1, Curry Leaves few, Hing / Asafoetida couple pinches, Garlic finely chopped 1 Tbsp)

Method Of Preparation - 

Pressure cook Chana dal with just sufficient water so that the chana dal is cooked al dente. We don't want the dal all mushy.

In a sauce pan, add oil and the rest of the seasoning. After the mustard seeds splutter and the urad dal is brown enough, add the finely chopped garlic and saute until they are brown. 

Add tomatoes and chopped green chillies. After the tomatoes are mushy add turmeric, dhania-jeera powder and mirchi powder.

Add the cooked chana dal and mix well. Add salt to taste and garam masala as desired.

Chana Dal with Tomato

Remove from fire and serve hot with rice/roti.

Sending this Dal to MLLA# 35 brainchild of Susan and hosted by kannada Cuisine.

Preparation Time 35 min
Serves 4-5 Adults
Posted by Harini on Friday, May 6, 2011


  1. lovely and colourful...

  2. aipi Says:
  3. Love this dal ~ The color is so appetizing n I can bet on the awesome taste as well!
    US Masala

  4. Unknown Says:
  5. it look very appetizing!....i am big fan of dal too!...can have it with anything!

    Smitha's Spicy Flavors

  6. Usha Says:
  7. As you said, for some reason even I don;t use chana dal for dal.. Tomato chana dal is very appetizing!

    A question regarding the event, can we create 2 sets of menus and post at least one recipe from each menu?

  8. Harini Says:
  9. thx guys..
    @Usha - absolutely. Please send as many menus as you can posting at least one recipe from each menu. :)

  10. Unknown Says:
  11. Yum, yum, yum, recently I have started cooking more and loving chana dal :)

  12. awesome version....too inviting..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  13. Dal looks so tasty and healthy. Wonderful preparation rightly relished by kids and adults alike.


  14. divya Says:
  15. wow.. i am drooling here.looks so good..

  16. Suparna Says:
  17. good combination, dals are always a comforting food :P

  18. Priya Suresh Says:
  19. Dal looks absolutely inviting...

  20. Kurinji Says:
  21. Looks so tempting...
    kurinjikathambam, Event: HRH-Healthy Summer, Roundup: HRH-Puffed Rice

  22. Arundhuti Says:
  23. Nice recipe and nice click too..

  24. Champa Says:
  25. Harini, Looks good.

  26. Smitha Says:
  27. Thanks for your comforting entry..Dal is always welcome and Chana dal adds a nice twist
    Smitha @ Kannadacuisine

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