Turai Chanae Ki Dal is classic, simple and vegan recipe. Though there are many different ways of making it, I love to make it with very minimal ingredients and this recipe tastes best when served with piping hot roti’s or with steamed rice, rasam/chaar. Chanae ki Dal, Split Bengal Gram is high in protein and is considered as a popular alternative for meat protein. It also helps in lowering cholesterol level in blood and also good for diabetic patients as it has low glycaemic index.
Turai or Beerakaya (Ridge Gourd) is subtler vegetable and when cooked in combo with chana dal and few spices…the taste of ridge gourd is nicely complimented with chana dal giving us a flavorsome curry. By following this recipe, you can make Baingan (Brinjal) Chanae ki Dal ka Salan, Aloo (Potato) Chanae ki Dal ka Salan, etc.
Turai Chanae ki Dal ka Salan
- 1 kg Turai, peeled and cut into pieces
- 1/2 cup Chana dal, washed and soaked for 2-3 hours
- 1 Onion, finely chopped
- 2 Green chilies, slit lengthwise
- 1 tbsp Red Chili powder
- 3 tbsp. dry Coconut powder
- 1/4 tbsp Turmeric powder
- 1/2 tbsp. Ginger-Garlic Paste
- 1/4 tbsp. Garam Masala
- Salt to taste
- Oil for cooking
- 1-2 spring Coriander leaves
- Pressure cook chana dal until soft but not mushy. Set aside. You can even boil chana dal by adding more water and drain off the water when dal is cooked.
- In the meantime, in a heavy bottom cooking pan add oil and fry sliced onions until translucent.
- Now add ginger-garlic paste and fry until raw smell wafts. To this add turai pieces, green chilies, turmeric powder and salt.
- Gently mix the ingredients and cook on a low flame by covering with a lid. (Ridge gourd is a watery vegetable and releases water on cooking, so no need to add any extra water.)
- Cook till turai is completely soft. Now add chana dal along with water (in which chana dal was cooked, if any remaining), dry coconut powder and garam masala. Cook on low flame by giving the recipe a gently stir.
- Cook for another 2-3 minutes and add red chili powder. (You can add red chili powder in third step, but I mostly add red chili powder in the end as it imparts nice color to the recipe).
- Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve with hot roti or rice.
- Add your ‘love’ to make this Turai Chanae ki Dal ka Salan taste ‘YUMMY’.