Quick and easy iftar special chana dal recipe is healthy and nutritious. This Hyderabad style Ramadan special chana dal chaat is vegan, gluten-free and perfect for diet watchers. Make this chana dal recipe (chanae ki dal) with just 5 simple ingredients in 2 easy steps.
About This Recipe
Eating healthy and nutritious food is essential during fasting days. There are plenty of healthy options to include in your iftar meal plan. My today’s recipe of chana dal is one good example for healthy, nutritious and fat-free iftar snack.
Hyderabad style spicy and tangy chana dal is must-try iftar recipe. No fancy ingredients are required to make this dal. Just boil chana dal with chillies, coriander, mint, lemon juice and salt. Interesting isn’t it?
Yes, call this a chaat or salad, chana dal is the main ingredient in making this recipe. With zero-oil and 100 percent taste, this iftar chana dal is best recipe ever.
Iftar Chana Dal Recipe
Though a lot of new foods have been introduced during Ramadan, the charm and the place of old ones is irreplaceable. By seeing the recipes on internet, if you think people eat only samosa, pakoda, puff, cutlet, etc. in iftar, then you are wrong. Over the time, these recipes have become popular but simple recipes like chana dal, ganji (kanji) and fruit chaat are still relished.
My today’s recipe of Hyderabadi Iftar Dal is one of the popular and most commonly prepared iftar recipe. With spicy and tangy flavours this chana dal recipe is best to relish after a day long fast.
Loaded with nutrition and health benefits, chana dal recipe is perfect for weight watchers and is diabetic friendly too.
Iftar Chana Dal Main Ingredients
Chana Dal | Split Chickpeas | Senaga Pappu (Telugu) – This a very commonly available lentil in any South Indian pantry. We prepare a lot of recipes using chana dal. Chana dal is one of the main ingredient in South Indian tempering (tadka) too.
Green Chillies – Adds spice and flavour.
Lemon Juice – Adds tangy taste, which makes this chana dal mouth watering.
Black Pepper – Brings in heat, spice and flavour.
Coriander & Mint Leaves – Brings aroma and freshness in the recipe.
Tips & Variations
- You can either boil chana dal in a pot on stove-top or you can pressure cook it.
- Soaking chana dal for at least 30-45 minutes cuts down the boiling time.
- Remember, not to overcook chana dal. If you are making this for the first time, then I recommend using stove top boiling method only.
- For this recipe, as you can seen in the pictures, chana dal should be soft not mushy, There should be bite in the dal which makes this dal unique and yum.
- You can add even add fine slices of onion, tomato and chaat masala too.
2-Ways To Cook Chana Dal
In this method, add soaked dal to a pot with enough water. Keep this on a stove and bring it to boil. Now reduce the flame and cook till dal turns soft.
Once the dal turns soft, turn off the flame and drain the excess water. Leave this to come down to room temperature and mix the other ingredients and make iftar chana dal recipe.
Pressure Cook Method
In this method, add soaked chana dal to a pressure cooker and add enough water. Cook on low flame for one whistle and turn off the flame.
Wait till steam settles. Remove the lid and drain the excess water.
The cooking time of the dal totally depends on the quality of the dal. Sometimes, it takes two whistles for me to cook chana dal. So, if the dal is not soft, then you can pressure cook it for one more whistle.
Split Chickpeas Nutrition & Benefits
High in dietary fiber
Promotes gut health
Helps in lowering cholesterol
Split chickpeas (chana dal) contain B-complex vitamins that play an important role in glucose metabolism which helps in keeping the body active and energetic. So, a bowl of chana dal is all you need at the end of the fast to boost the energy levels and to keep you active.
- 1½ cup Chana Dal | Split Bengal Gram
- ½ tbsp. Black pepper powder
- 1 tbsp. minced Green chilies
- 2 tbsp. Lemon juice
- 1 tbsp. fresh Mint leaves
- 1 tbsp. fresh Coriander leaves
How To Make Hyderabad Special Iftar Chana Dal Recipe
- Thoroughly wash and soak chana dal for 1 hour in enough water drinking water.
- Drain and add just enough fresh water to dal. Cook until dal turns just soft not mushy. Make sure the dal has to turn soft by retaining its shape.
- Once the dal is soft, drain the excess water and spread the dal on a plate. Leave for 10 minutes.
- Combine boiled dal, minced green chilies, mint and coriander leaves in a bowl.
- Toss and add salt and black pepper powder. Sprinkle fresh lemon juice and toss again. Serve immediately.
- Add love to make this chane ki dal taste ‘Yummy’.
You can serve Hyderabadi chana dal with dates, rooh afza or any juice during Ramadan for iftar.
Apart from this you can serve this along with evening tea or coffee.
Boiled chana dal is perfect mid-day snack recipe.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 99Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 293mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 5gSugar: 3gProtein: 5g
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.
This recipe of my iftar chana dal is part of Joy From Fasting To Feasting – IX, Global Ramadan event. It is always wonderful to connect with Muslim Food Bloggers round the globe and know more about their Ramadan traditions and celebrations.