Punjabi style simple and flavorful chana dal masala will beome quickly a go to recipe in your household.I am sure ,It’s tempting hue of spices and aromatic flavor will revive your taste buds .Let’s see how to make it:


Chana Dal -1&1/2 cup

Garlic cloves -3

Small sized ginger

Green chillies -2


tomato -1

Bay leaf -2

Turmeric powder -3/4 th tsp

kasmiri chilli powder -2&1/2 tsp

Coriander powder -1 &1/2 tsp

Mango powder -1 tsp


Oil- 2 tbsp

water -3 cups


Oil-1&1/2 tbsp

cumin seeds -2 tsp

Dry red chillies -5-8


  • wash and Soak chana dal for 20 minutes.
  • Take a pressure cooker ,add soaked chana dal along with 1/4th tsp of turmeric powder and 3 cups of water .
  • Pressure cook the dal until it is nice and soft but not very mushy.It may take around 3-4 whistles .
  • Add 3 tbsp of oil in a large pan on a medium heat ,temper it with some bayleaves .
  • Then add finely chopped ginger ,garlic and green chillies.Saute it well to get rid off the raw taste.
  • Next add chopped onion ,saute it till it becomes transluscent.
  • Add some chopped tomatoes ,saute until it is soft and mushy.
  • Spice it up with some masala(turmeric powder,kashmiri chilli powder,coriander powder and mango powder).
  • saute the masala in a low heat for 2 minutes .
  • Add cooked chana dal and pour enough water as per the desired consistency of the curry.
  • Add salt
  • Cover this up with a lid and bring this to boil for few minutes.
  • Let the curry absorb all the flavors of masala.
  • For tempering Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds and dry red chillies ,pour it over the curry.
  • Serve hot with some chapathi ,rice etc.


Wash the chana dal properly and soak it for 20 minutes .

Add1/4th tsp of turmeric powder and 3 cups of water .

Pressure cook up to 3-4 whistles .

Cooked chana dal

Saute all the veggies for few minutes .

Add masala .Turmeric powder ,Kashmiri chilli powder ,Coriander powder ,Mango powder .

Add cooked dal.

Add water for Adjusting the thickness of the curry.

Simmer it on a medium flame for few minutes.

Pour the tempering over the curry .