In this traditional North Indian recipe, our Chana Dal Peas are simmered with spiced water until they break down, then combined with a hot flavored ghee or oil mixture known as "tadka", to provide a final layer of flavor and richness.

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 90 min

Total time: 95 min

Chana Dal
Copyright Recipe © 2015 Woodland Foods


Makes 8 servings


  1. Place peas in large pot with water. Bring to a boil, and skim to remove surface foam. Add turmeric and ginger. Reduce heat to low, and cover pot, leaving lid slightly askew. Simmer for 1-1/2 hours, or until dal is tender, stirring frequently during final 30 minutes of cooking, both to help break down peas and to prevent scorching.

  2. Remove ginger. Stir in salt and Garam Masala.

  3. Heat ghee in small pan over medium heat. When hot, add cumin seeds and garlic. Stir until garlic pieces are lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in chile powder.

  4. Pour ghee mixture into dal, and mix thoroughly.