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Chana Dal Chataka | Spicy Split Chickpeas Gravy~Soup

Chana Dal Chataka is a simple, quick and spicy dal made using Chana Dal (Split Chickpeas). This can be served with Rice or Joward/Bajra Bhakri's or one can simply have this as a soup.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Maharashtrian
Keyword Chana Dal, Dal, Lentil, Split Chickpea
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Soaking Time 2 hours
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Renu Agrawal-Dongre


  • 1/2 Cup Chana dal
  • 1 tbsp Red chili powder (as per taste)
  • 5-6 Garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida/Hing
  • 8-10 Curry leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves
  • 2 tbsp Oil for tadka


  1. Wash the Chana Dal with water.
  2. Add enough water and soak for about 2 hours.
  3. Transfer the soaked dal into vessel or directly in a cooker.
  4. Add water, half a tsp of salt and turmeric powder. Mix well.
  5. Close the lid and cook on medium heat until 2-3 whistles. We do not want the dal to be overcooked or mashed. It should have a bite or crunch.
  6. Once the pressure has cooled down, add salt to taste and mix well.
  7. Add the dal into individual serving bowls.
  8. Heat oil in a pan. Once hot, add Asafoetida/Hing. Then add Mustard seeds and let it splutter.
  9. Add Cumin seeds and garlic.
  10. Fry garlic until it is golden. Switch off the gas.
  11. Add curry leaves and red chili powder.
  12. Add tadka on the dal in katori and serve.
  13. No need of mixing at all. Just serve as is with rice or bhakri.