Fried Chana Dal with Panir

"My mom taught me this recipe. Paneer in this style is a nice change to the normal palak paneer or panner kofte. Try it, its mind blowing and very tasty."
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Ready In:
2hrs 24mins




  • Wash chana dal and soak for 2 hours.
  • Grate onions.
  • Chop corriander.
  • Make ginger-garlic paste.
  • Chop tomatoes.
  • Cut paneer into cubes and fry.
  • Heat oil in a cooker.
  • Fry onions till light brown.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste, cinnamon, cardamoms, cloves, bay leaves and red chilli.
  • Add tomatoes and fry.
  • Add chana dal, salt, chilli and turmeric powder.
  • Fry for 7 minutes.
  • Pour 1 2/3 cup water and close the cooker lid.
  • Place cooker on full heat & bring to full cooking pressure.
  • Reduce to medium heat & cook for 5 minutes.
  • Allow cooker to cool gradually.
  • Once cooled, open it.
  • Add lightly fried cubes of paneer to the dal.
  • Simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Garnish with fresh corriander and lime.
  • Serve.

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  1. Loved the combination of paneer and chana, and it was satisfying, tasty and healthy. I'm not a fan of a strong cinnamon taste in savory dishes, though, so next time I'll leave out the cinnamon.


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