Channa Dal (Curried Chickpeas)

Total Time
1hr 55mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 40 mins

Another Dal recipe! We love trying new dal recipes to go with our Indian meals. Dal is a staple Indian dish. I found this recipe in the cookbook "Vegetarian Cooking Around the World."

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put chickpeas in a bowl. Add enough cold water to cover and soak overnight.
  2. To cook, drain chickpeas. Place chickpeas, water, turmeric, cumin, coriander, and cayenne in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover pan, and simmer for about 1 hour.
  3. In a large saucepan, melt margarine over medium heat. Add cumin seed and cook for 1 minute. Add the onion, garlic, and ginger and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, or until onion turns golden brown.
  4. Add chickpeas and cooking liquid to onion mixture. Turn heat to high and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cover pan, reduce heat to low, and simmer 30 minutes, or until chickpeas are tender but not mushy. Mix well.
  5. Place chickpeas in a serving dish and sprinkle with cilantro leaves.


Most Helpful

I adore chickpeas and this makes a wonderful change from a standard dal that is based on lentils. I bypassed the soaking process by using two 400-gram tins of chickpeas (3 cups when drained). This let me streamline the rest of the recipe. I simmered the ingredients in step 2 (minus the chickpeas) in 2 1/2 cups of water for about 20 minutes. I then did step 3 (using peanut oil rather than margarine) in a separate saucepan, and combined everything in that pan for step 4. At this stage, I left the mixture to cook uncovered, and just above a simmer, so some liquid would evaporate. Also added salt (about a 1/2 teaspoon) which gave a perfect finish. Thanks for a winner.

Leggy Peggy November 03, 2008

Another 5 stars from another dal lover. I used the optional cayenne and it added a kick without being too hot. I used 3 (15 oz) cans of chickpeas in place of dried. Since I used canned chickpeas, I only used 3 cups of water. I cut the margarine down to 1 tbsp of butter to save on fat calories. The long simmer really allows the flavors to develop. Definitely worth the wait. Thanx for posting; I'll make this again.

*Parsley* October 13, 2008

I love this recipe. I use canned beans so I don't consume too much gas cooking raw ones. I do step 3, then add all the spices that would be cooked with the beans from step 2 and dry-fry them until everything is very aromatic. Then I add 2 cans of beans with the bean liquid. I don't add any water. I simmer for about 30 minutes, but keep an eye on the liquid. I want it to thicken, but not completely evaporate. It is usually nice and thick. I also garnish with a little raw onion. It reminds me of my favorite fast food Indian place in California.

SMangibin July 12, 2014

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