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Chana Dal Bihari Style | Dal with Chana Dal Step by Step Recipe | Simple Bihari Thali

Course Main Dish – Gravies
Cuisine Bihar
Author Srivalli


For Chana Daal Bihari Style

    To be boiled

    • 3/4 cup Chana Dal
    • Yellow Split Moong Dal handful
    • 2" Ginger Paste
    • 1 medium Tomato finely chopped
    • A Pinch Turmeric Powder
    • 1/2 tsp Shah Jeera / Caraway
    • 1 Bay Leaf / Tejpatta
    • 6 Whole Peppercorns / Kaali Mirch
    • 1 Black Cardamom / Bari Elaichi
    • 1 Cardamom / Chhoti Elaichi
    • Salt to Taste
    • 2 small Green Chillies
    • 2 tsp Coriander Leaves finely chopped
    • 1 cup Onion juliennes (1 large fried golden in 1 tbsp butter)


    • 1 tbsp Ghee
    • 1 pinch Hing
    • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds

    For Kheera Raitha / Cucumber Salad

    • 1 cup Cucumber grated
    • 2 cups Curds / Yogurt (beaten)
    • 1/4 tsp Cumin Powder Roasted
    • A Pinch Coriander Powder
    • 1/4 tsp Chat Masala
    • A Pinch Red Chilli Powder
    • A Pinch Kala Namak / Black Salt
    • A Pinch Garam Masala optional
    • 2 tsp Coriander Leaves finely chopped
    • Salt to taste


    How to make Chana Dal

    • In a pressure cooker, take the chana dal and moong dal. Wash thoroughly and add about 4 times of water.
    • To the dal, add ginger paste, coconut, tomato, turmeric powder, salt, bay leaf, peppercorns, and both the cardamoms.
    • Pressure cook for 3 - 4 whistles.
    • Once the pressure falls, heat a small pan with ghee and add hing and jeera. When the jeera pops, pour over the simmering dal.
    • Finally, garnish with butter, coriander leaves, and fried onions.

    How to make Kheera Raita

    • Wash, peel and grate the cucumber.
    • Add the grated cucumber to the beaten curds and mix in all the ingredients.
    • Combine everything well and refrigerate.
    • Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves if required.
    • Serve with the thali.


    The recipe calls for chopped coconut to be added, that I completely forgot at the last moment. I added Shah Jeera instead of Cumin while boiling the dal. In the original recipe, there was no mention of red chili or green chilies, I added to suit our taste.
    You can include the Bihari Style Chawal Ki Kheer in this thali.
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