Bengali Style Chana Dal is a delicious lentil dish cooked with Bengal gram or chana dal. This dish of dal is flavored with coconut, ghee and an assortment of whole spices.


  • 1 Cup Chana Dal
  • 1 tsp Ghee
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut, chopped
  • 1 Sticks Cinnamon
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Clove
  • 1/4 Cup Raisins
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • A pinch of Sugar
  • 2 1/2 Cups Water

For Tadka

  • 1 tsp Ghee
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 2 Nos Bay Leaves
  • 2 Nos Cloves
  • 1 Sticks Cinnamon
  • 4 Nos Cardamom
  • 2 Nos Red Chilli Whole


  1. Soak a cup of chana dal for about ten minutes.
  2. Take ghee in a pan and add chopped coconut to it.
  3. Pan fry coconut till golden brown.
  4. Take soaked chana dal in a pressure cooker.
  5. Add cinnamon, clove, bay leaf, raisins, fried coconut, turmeric, salt and sugar to the cooker.
  6. Mix thoroughly and add water.
  7. Pressure cook it.

Prepare Tadka:

  1. Take ghee in a pan, add cumin seeds, bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and red chilli whole.
  2. Saute them thoroughly with the ghee.
  3. Pour it over the cooked dal in the pressure cooker. Mix well.
  4. Serve the Bengali Style Chana Dal hot with garnishing of chopped and fried coconut.