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Chana Dal


  • 250g yellow chana daal, washed and soaked for 2 hours
  • half tsp red chilli powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • quarter tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp olive/sunflower oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped
  • half tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped


  • Place the lentils in a pressure cooker and cover with 4 glasses of water. Let it steam. 
  • Add the chilli powder, garlic, turmeric and bring to the boil. Cover and cook over a low heat for approximately an hour, until tender.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the sliced onion and fry until golden brown. Reserve a few fried onions to garnish. You can add extra garlic to the onions for more flavour. 
  • Now add the green chilli. Stir through the lentil mixture, then garnish with the onions, garam masala and coriander.