Cholar Daal / Chana Daal / Split Chickpea soup

A delicious nutty soup rich in protein and simply cooked to perfection! The daal is cooked with bengali gram or split chickpeas, flavored with ingredients like tomato, ghee and an assortment of spices, then finished off with an aromatic fried mixture of cumin seeds, onions, garlic and dry red chilli. Enjoy this simple dish alongside some luchi or parathas.


Yellow chickpeas 1 cup

Water 2 cups

Oil 2-3 tbsp

Bay leaf 1

Cardamom 3 pcs

Cinnamon 2 stickers

Cloves 3 pcs

Salt to taste

Onion 1/4 cup

Red chilli powder 1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp

Garlic paste 1 tsp

Ginger paste 1 tsp

Coriander powder 1/2 tsp

Roasted Cumin powder 1/2 tsp

Tomato cubes 1 medium

Green chilli

Coriander leaves

Ghee 1 tbsp (optional)


Oil 2 tbsp

Dry red chilli 2 pcs

Raw cumin 1/2 tsp

Garlic sliced 1 tsp

Onion sliced 1/4 cup


Soak daal in water for 2-3 hours.

In a heated pan, add oil, bay leaves, cloves, cardamoms, cinnamon, onions. Saute the onions until translucent. Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder. Add garlic paste, ginger paste, coriander powder, roasted cumin powder. Stir, mix and