Chana Dal Paratha is a protein-rich and flatbread stuffed with a spicy filling made with Chana Dal or Split Bengal Gram. Nutritious paratha that one can enjoy with even with plain curd/yogurt and any pickle or chutney of choice.
In North part of India usually, chana dal paratha is served with mangoes during summer. These are perfect to make, whenever you run out of vegetables or want to makes one wholesome meal that you can make ahead and eat later.
A bowl of plain curd or any pickle, ketchup for kids and a cup of chai for growns ups are just perfect with it!!
Do try other Paratha recipes :
- Laccha Paratha
- Beetroot Paratha
- Gobhi Paratha
- Matar Paratha
- Methi Paratha (Thepla)
- Aloo Paratha
- Moong Paratha
- Sattu Paratha
Preparation Time: 4hrs ∏ Cooking Time: 15-20mins ∏ Servings: 8-10 parathas
Level: Intermediate(medium) ∏ Measurement: 1 Cup ≡ 250 ml ≡ 250gm
- 2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 -3/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2-3 teaspoon oil
- 1 cup chana dal (soaked for 3-4hrs)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander leaves
- 2-3 green chilies finely chopped
- 1 Inch grated ginger
- 2-3 Black Cardamom
- 1 teaspoon coriander powder(optional)
- 1 pinch of asafoetida
- 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
- 1 teaspoon amchur (dry mango) powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1/2 teaspoon red chilly powder
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- Salt as per taste
- Butter/oil for greasing paratha
- 1/4 cup water
How to make Chana Dal Paratha:
Step1: In a pressure cooker add soaked chana dal along with turmeric and black cardamom. Cover and cook it for 1 whistle. Do not over boil them, dal should be just cooked not mashed. While boiling do not add salt otherwise dal will be overcooked and mushy.
Step2: In the meanwhile when chana dal is getting boiled we will prepare dough. In a wide bowl, add 2 cup of wheat flour, salt, oil, needed water and prepare a soft, smooth dough. Grease your hands with a tsp of oil and knead the dough well. Cover and keep it aside for 20 minutes. Prepare the dough just as you prepare for chapati.
Step3: Once dal is cooked for 1 whistle remove the pressure cooker from flame and remove the steam using spoon (be careful as steam will be too hot). Strain the dal so that all the water is removed. Let it cool down completely before proceeding further.
Step4: In a blender add black cardamom pods and grind them without adding any water. Scrap them out and remove big chunks or threads from it. In the same blender add cooked dal and grind them in pulse mode. Keep switching between On-Off mode. By doing this we can avoid making paste of dal. We need kind of powder texture.
Step5: Now add all spices chilly powder, amchoor powder, coriander powder, garam masala, grated ginger, cumin powder, green chilly, coriander leaves, asafoetida, crushed black cardamom and salt as per your taste. (Note: we have already added some salt in the dough so add accordingly). Mix everything well. Stuffing is ready. Taste and adjust spices according to your taste.
Step6: Divide the dough into equal parts and make balls out of it. Divide the stuffing into equal lemon sized balls. Dust a little flour and roll out the dough into a small circle. Keep 1-1/2 teaspoon of stuffing in the center, gather all the corners and seal the dough with the stuffing inside.
Step7: Press it down gently to flatten it. Dust a little four and roll out the flattened dough with the stuffing into a 6-7″ circle. Do not apply too much pressure as the stuffing might come out.
Step8: Heat a non-stick tava (griddle) and cook the paratha until golden brown spots appear then flip it over to the other side. Spread a little oil/butter on the other side also and cook both sides well until golden brown.
Step9: Remove from tawa after both the sides are cooked well. Similarly, prepare other parathas. Serve with raita, coriander chutney, Mango puree or pickles. Enjoy yummy, protein-filled and delicious chana dal paratha.