Yellow Chana Dal

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How to prepare Yellow Chana dal.

Yellow Dal

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Serves: 6-8
Prep Time: 15 min Cooking Time: 30 min Total Time: 45 min

Nutritional Benefits: A cup of cooked yellow dal contains 147 calories making it great for weight loss. It also provides anti-microbial and anti-fungal benefits that help fight of pathogens and also reduce swelling in the body that is often a precursor to chronic inflammation. Yellow dal is also rich in iron that helps prevent anemia, protein, which helps build muscle and fiber that helps improve your digestive function. Spices used in preparing this dish also add minerals and vitamins that help improve your immunity.


  • 1 cup yellow chana dal (skinned yellow gram beans)
  • 1/2 tsp coriander seeds and powder
  • 1 little bunch of coriander leaves
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds and powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp curry leaves
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp raw sesame
  • 1/2 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp crushed fenugreek seeds
  • 1/2 cup juice from tamarind paste
  • 1 small fresh green chili, sliced fine
  • 2 cups cabbages cut into fine strips



Place the pot on medium-high heat, add yellow dal and 4 cups of water let it cook for 20 minutes.


Once it's almost cooked, add tamarind juice. Keep an eye not to allow the dal to spillover when it begins to boil, and once dal is nice and soft, turn off the heat.


Next, in a pan on medium heat, sauté in sesame oil the black mustard seeds; once it crackles, add coriander, cumin seeds, crushed fenugreek seeds, curry leaves. Then add cumin powder, coriander powder, eventually turmeric powder, and fresh green chili.


Add a sautéed mixture to the cooked yellow dal, mix well, and place the dal over low heat to simmer. Add cubes of carrots, potatoes, fresh tomatoes, and tamarind sauce, cook for ten minutes and set aside.


In another pot over medium heat, add sesame oil, sauté fenugreek seed, ginger powder and sauté


Cabbages until they turn slightly brown and to the dal mixture.


  • 318 Calories
  • 50.4g Carbohydrates
  • 4mg Cholesterol
  • 5.4g Fat
  • 13.2g Fiber
  • 18g Protein
  • 4g Saturated fat
  • 297mg Sodium
  • 9.4g Sugar

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