Recipe for Channa Dal Masalewali


2 lb channa dal
2 tablespoon chilli powder
1 tablespoon gram masala
1 salt to taste
1 oil for frying
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
2 tablespoon mustard seeds
12 each curry leaves
2 each green chillies, chopped
2 tablespoon oil
1 lemon or lime juice


Soak the dal overnight. drain the water & lighly pat dal dry. Heat the oil to smoking point. Add a handul of dal at a time and fry until light brown. Drain uning aperforated spoon and place on a paper towel to absorb any excess oil. Add the salt, chillie powder and garam masala and mix well.

To make the tarka, heat the two tbs. oil and when hot add the mustard and sesame seeds. As soon as they pop add the curry leaves and chopped chillies and pour this over the dal. Squeeze some juice on top and mix all ingredients thoroughly. Pour over the slightly cooled dal. This dal is a lovely crunchy snack which can be eated at teatime or served with drink.

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