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Cholar Dal Alu Diye
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Cholar Dal Alu Diye | Street Style Bengal Gram Dal with Potato

Alu diye Cholar Dal or Bengali style Bengal Gram Lentil with Potato is a street special dal served with Dhakai Porota or Hinge’r Kochuri.
Course Main Dish – Gravies
Cuisine Bengali
Keyword Aloo Chana Dal, Chana dal, Easy Side Dish
By Cook Method Pressure Cooker, Stovetop
Occasion Weekend Special
By Diet Gluten Free, Protein Rich
Dish Type Gourmet Dals
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Soaking Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 231kcal
Author Srivalli


For Dal

  • 1 cup Chana Dal / Cholar dal / Bengal Gram lentil
  • 3 tablespoon Coconut chopped
  • 1 Potato / Aloo cubed
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Ghee
  • Water

For Tempering

  • 1 teaspoon Ghee
  • 1 Dried Red Chili
  • 1 teaspoon Panch Phoron
  • 1/2 inch Ginger crushed


Boiling the Chana Dal

  • Wash and soak chana dal with twice its amount of water for about 2 to 3 hours at least.
  • Take the chana dal in a pressure cooker along with 1/2 teaspoon salt, turmeric powder, ginger, and water as required.
  • Pressure cook for one whistle and wait until the pressure falls down.

Making the dal

  • Heat a nonstick pan with 2 tsp of ghee on medium flame and fry chopped coconut until lightly browned.
  • Once done, remove the fried coconut from the pan and keep it aside.
  • Next, add the potato with turmeric powder and a pinch of salt until potatoes are golden brown.
  • In the same pan add dry red chili, panch phoron, and grated ginger and saute few minutes.
  • Now add cooked dal and bring it to boil.
  • Next, add salt and sugar.
  • Cover and cook for 10 mins or until potato and dal get well mixed and cooked. Make sure the dal doesn't get overcook dal.
  • Switch off the flame and add fried coconut and bhaja masala to the cooked dal.
  • Let it sit for 10 mins before serving for the dal to absorb all the flavours.
  • Serve with Dhakai Paratha or Luchi.


Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 255mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 2mg
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