Aloo Baingan Chana Dal ka Salan is a spicy medley of Potato, Brinjal and Bengal Gram. This is a perfect recipe when you are craving for comfort food. Wholesome, vegan, plant-based and gluten free aloo baingan chana dal ka salan pairs up deliciously with hot bowl of rice and dal, chaar or rasam.
Variation in making Aloo Baingan Chana Dal
In Andhra, aloo baigan chanae ki dal ka salan is mostly made during pre-wedding functions. There are many variations in making this recipe.
- Some add curry cut mutton pieces to this recipe.
- You can easily skip brinjal and make aloo chana dal ka salan.
- Sometimes I make brinjal and chana dal ka salan by skipping potatoes.
- Instead of brinjal, I add diced capsicum along with chana dal and potato.
What is Salan?
Salan is an Urdu word and commonly used for vegetable and meat-based curry recipes. Some of the must try yummy salan recipes for you are
Benefits of adding Chana Dal
Chana Dal | Spilt Chickpeas | Bengal Gram is a nutritive, diabetic friendly, high in fiber and good source of vegetarian protein. Chana dal brings meaty taste in a recipe when cooked in combo with vegetables, masalas and spices. Our today’s recipe Aloo Baingan Chanae ki dal is one perfect example of this. Do give this a try!
Ingredients to make Aloo Baigan Chana Dal
Potatoes – Choose firm, smooth and sprouts free potatoes. Soak cut potato pieces in water for 30-45 minutes. This helps removing the starch but helps in leaching.
Brinjals – I prefer using green or purple long and slender brinjals. These are available through out the year in Andhra and Telangana regions. You can use small and round brinjals too.
Chana Dal | Bengal Gram – This is best and cheap available source of plant-protein. Soaking chana dal for 30 minutes or more, will make it soft and helps in cooking faster.
Green Chilies – Used to bring heat in the recipe.
Ginger-Garlic Paste – Brings taste in the recipe.
Garam Masala – Gives nice aroma and flavour to the curry.
Coconut Powder – You can either use dry coconut powder or fresh coconut milk or paste in this recipe. If not available, you can skip adding. Coconut powder is used to give base to the curry.
Red Chili Powder – Brings color and heat in the recipe.
Roasted Coriander Powder – This spice powder is used for bringing taste and flavor in the curry.
Coriander Leaves – Used as garnish and also brings flavour in the recipe.
- 4 medium Potatoes
- 6 long Brinjals (Green | Purple)
- ½ cup Chana Dal
- 2 Green chilies, cut into half
- 1 big Onion, finely sliced
- ½ tbsp. Ginger-Garlic paste
- ½ tbsp. Garam Masala
- 2 tbsp. dry Coconut powder
- 1 tbsp. Red chili powder
- ½ tbsp. Turmeric powder
- ½ tbsp. roasted Coriander powder
- Salt, as per taste
- 2 tbsp. Oil
- 2 tbsp. minced Coriander leaves
How to make Aloo Baingan Chana Dal Recipe
Cooking Chana Dal
- First, thoroughly wash and soak chana dal in enough water for 20 minutes.
- Drain the water and add it to pressure cooker along with 2 cups of water. Pressure cook for 3 whistles. (Dal should turn soft, not mushy)
- Wait till pressure settles and remove the lid. Drain excess water and set aside. (I use the same water for cooking vegetables)
Cut Potatoes and Brinjals
- Till the time dal cooks, peel the potatoes, wash thoroughly and cut into cubes. Soak the cubes in water till use.
- Thoroughly wash brinjals and cut them into 2-inch pieces. Soak them in water till use.
Making Potato, Brinjal and Bengal Gram Curry
- Heat oil in a pan and fry sliced onions. When onions start to turn translucent, add ginger-garlic paste and fry till raw smell wafts.
- Now add cubed potatoes, cut brinjal pieces and green chilies. Fry on medium flame for 2 minutes.
- Add red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt, dry coconut powder and roasted coriander powder.
- Fry for another 2 minutes by gently stirring the vegetables. Add 1½ cups of water. Stir and cover with a lid. Cook on low flame till potatoes turn soft.
- Now add cooked chana dal and garam masala. Stir and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Finally, check for salt, add minced coriander leaves and turn off the flame. Serve warm with rice and chaar or rasam.
- Add love to make this Aloo Baingan Chana Dal Recipe taste ‘Yummy’.
Lubna's Serving Suggestions:
You can serve this Aloo Baingan Chana Dal curry with hot rice and dal.
This curry will taste best when served with roti or chapati.
Quick Weekday Thali Idea: (Plant Based Indian Meal Plan)
Hot rice + Chaaru (Indian Spiced Tamarind Soup) + Aloo Baingan Chana Dal Curry + Papad + Pickle + Curd + Carrot-Cucumber Salad.
If on diet or looking out to cut carbs in the diet, then add roti or or phulka or chapati to thali instead of rice.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 604Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 321mgCarbohydrates: 125gFiber: 29gSugar: 34gProtein: 14g