Bengali Cholar Dal with Coconut (Narkel diye Cholar dal) is a traditional and festive Bengali dish. This warm and mellow ghee laden sweet and savoury cholar dal with golden fried coconut pieces and raisins is bursting with flavours and is amazingly delicious. Perfect when paired with phulko luchi.
And it’s that time of the year. Yes I am talking about Durga Puja; a Bengali festival. Durga puja for me is new clothes, pandal hopping, and obviously good food and bhog.
Since we are talking food; here is one traditional and festive Durga puja speciality “Bengali Cholar Dal with Coconut (Narkel diye cholar dal)”. No pujo according to me is complete without cholar dal and luchi.
This is how we began our Mahalaya. Cholar dal and luchi always gives me the pujo pujo feeling as we used start our pujo with this slightly warm and mellow chana dal with golden fried coconut pieces and raisins along with luchi that Maa used to make for the family. Me too trying to keep up with the tradition and prepare narkel diye cholar dal on the very first day of Durga pujo.
And this years Durga puja is going to be great with maa and baba here with usin the UK. Little A is so loves and spoiled at the same time by his grandparents.
Narkel diye Cholar dal (Bengal gram dal with coconut)
Narkel diye Cholar dal is a symphony of flavours. Chana dal is boiled and tempered with ghee and fragrant spices like cardamoms, cloves, cinnamon and hing. And the best part for me is the golden fried coconut slices. It simply amps up the cholar dal to the next level. Bengali cholar dal is on a slightly sweeter side which goes perfectly with luchi or rice or roti.
Since its festive time, here are few sweets that you can try.
And here are some delicious festive recipes that you can try.
Bengali Cholar Dal with Coconut
Bengali Cholar Dal with Coconut | Narkel diye cholar dal
- pressure cooker
- small pan
- 1 cup Chana dal (Bengal gram dal) washed and soaked 7-8 hours or over night
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
- 1/4 cup Coconut pieces
- Salt as per taste
- 2 tbsp Raisins
- 2 tsp Sugar
Cholar dal Tempering
- 2-3 Dried red chilli
- 2 Bay leaves
- 1 inch Cinnamom
- 5-6 Green Cardamom
- 6-7 Cloves
- 1 tsp Cumin seeds
- 1/4 tsp Hing
- 2 tbsp Ghee
- In a pressure cooker add the soaked chana dal along with 2 cup water and salt and pressure cook for 2 whistles. The chana dal should be soft but not mushy. It should still retain the shape. The dal will be thick at this point.
- Add the turmeric powder and 1 cup of water and bring it to a slow boil.
- Meanwhile in a small pan heat 1 tsp on medium heat of ghee and fry the coconut pieces until golden brown. Take it off the heat.
- In the same pan add the rest of the ghee and temper it with bay leaves, dried red chilli, cinnamon, cardamoms, cloves, cumin seeds and hing.
- Tip in the tempered ghee to the chana dal and mix well.
- Add the fried coconut pieces and raisins along with 2 tsp of sugar/sweetener to the dal and give it a mix. Check the seasoning add salt or sugar if required.
- Take it off the heat and serve it with garam garam luchi/puri.
I hope you enjoy this delicious Bengali style Cholar dal with coconut as much as we do!