Saturday, 4 April 2020

INSTANT POT EASY GUJARATI CHANA DAAL (STEP BY STEP + VIDEO RECIPE)

When you are looking for a quick dinnertime fix, few dishes are better than daal. My grandma used to make Gujarati Channa Daal which is equally tangy and sweet. This split chickpea dal can be made without a pressure cooker or can be made in the pressure cooker or in an Instant Pot. 

This Indian style split Bengal gram lentils cooked and served in a metal bowl with roti.



INSTANT POT EASY GUJARATI CHANA DAAL 



Gujarati Chana Dal: 



What makes this dal Gujarati is the omission of onion and garlic. We also add jaggery and tamarind paste to give the dal a sweet and sour flavour. 

This daal doesn't need blending as it should be cooked yet every lentil holds it's shape. 

✓ Vegan and gluten-free

✓ High in protein and filling

✓ Easy to find ingredients

✓ Pantry/Cupboard staples

✓ Don't need any fresh ingredients 

What is Chana Dal?


Chana dal is also called Bengal gram. It is made from split black chickpeas that have the skin removed. 

Chana dal is versatile and can be used in making sweet dishes such as Mixed fruit and nut Puran Poli (sweet flatbread). 

Savoury recipes like Brocolli with Bengal Gram and Fenugreek seeds and Mixed Daal with Turnip Greens

According to health experts, it is good for people who are suffering from diabetes as it's GI value is 14. 

It is inexpensive and can be stored for a long time in the kitchen cupboards, also it is filling. 

How to cook Chana Dal 


Chana dal doesn't need a long soaking time to cook like some lentils do. 

This is what makes it a good lentil to always have around as you do not need to prepare in advance for it. 

If you do have the prep time, then soak for at least 1 hour before as it will reduce the cooking time. 

Chana daal can be cooked in a stovetop pressure cooker very easily. First, soak lentils for half an hour to one hour.

Add water and soaked lentils in the pressure cooker and cook for 3-4 whistles. If not soaked go for 5-6 whistles.

Instant Pot - if the lentils are soaked you'll only need 4 minutes to cook the daal if not 8 minutes. 


To soak or not?  



A big debate for many to soak or not lentils or beans. Because I have brought up in a South Asian family, we have been thought to soak the lentils and beans. 

We cheat sometimes when there is no time to soak but feel guilty doing it. 

There are many benefits for soaking the lentils or daal, it helps in digesting the protein. 

It saves energy, time and money as soaked lentils take less time to cook therefore less energy to burn and it saves money in the long run. 

To make Gujarati Chana Daal you will need:







1. Chana Daal 

2. Spice Mix - red chilli powder, turmeric, ground cumin and coriander and garam masala (optional)

3. Jaggery - this is used to add sweetness and is added towards the end of cooking. You can also use sugar instead of jaggery

4. Imli paste - known as tamarind paste, if not available use lemon juice or amchoor powder. 

5. Oil - try not to use very strong flavoured oil

6. Cumin seeds



How to make Gujarati Chana Dal in Instant Pot step by step 




  1. Set the Instant pot to saute for 5 minutes, heat oil and add cumin seeds. 
  2. Once seeds pop, add soaked chana daal.
  3. Saute for a minute then add water.
  4. Add all the spices powders and salt.
  5. Cover and seal the lid-turn the vent to sealing. 
  6. Press the Manual - pressure cooker-high pressure for 4 minutes. If lentils are not soaked then 8 minutes. 
  7. Once the 4 minutes are done, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then release remaining pressure.
  8. Open the lid, lentils are cooked but still holding its shape. Add jaggery and tamarind paste.
  9. Once again press the saute mode for 2 minutes and simmer the daal. 
  10. Serve in a bowl, garnish it with the freshly chopped coriander and serve. 







Instant Pot Easy Gujarati Chana Daal Video









What to serve with Chana Daal


You can serve Chana Dal with Chapatis, Ajwain Paratha or on a bed of plain boiled basmati rice or Ghee Rice for a perfect and filling vegetarian meal. It can serve as a side or a main. 




Storage suggestions 

This chana daal stays fresh for a couple of days if stored in a refrigerator, actually, next day tastes even better. 

Also, it is suitable for freezing. Store in freezer-proof container and store for 4-6 weeks. 


Tip


You can use some fresh herbs such as coriander or finely chopped onion for amazing contrast. 

To add more creaminess or tanginess a swirl of plain thick yogurt works so well too. 

We ran out of the fresh coriander, so instead made another vaghar (tempering) using oil, cumin seeds and red dried chilli for photographic version. 



This yellow coloured gujarati chana dal is cooked in an instant pot and served with indian flatbread chapati.



More Daal/lentils recipes



Traditional Gujarati Tuver Daal 

Gujarati Mug Nu Saak

Chana Nariyal Daal - Bengal gram daal with coconut

Hyderabadi Daal

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Gujarati Indian
Yield: 4 servings
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Instant Pot Easy Gujarati Chana Dal

Instant Pot Easy Gujarati Chana Dal

This split chickpea dal can be made without a pressure cooker or can be made in the pressure cooker or in an Instant Pot. This Gujarati Channa Daal which is equally tangy and sweet.
Prep time: Cook time: 15 MTotal time: 15 M

Ingredients:

  • 200g black gram daal-chana daal
  • 3 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp. kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin and coriander
  • 1/4 tsp. garam masala
  • 2 tbsp. tamarind paste
  • 3 tbsp. jaggery
  • Salt to taste

Instructions:

How to cook Instant Pot Easy Gujarati Chana Dal

  1. Clean, wash and soak lentils for at least half an hour in cold water.
  2. Set the Instant pot to saute for 5 minutes, heat oil and add cumin seeds. 
  3. Once seeds pop, add soaked chana daal.
  4. Saute for a minute then add 400ml water.
  5. Add all the spices powders and salt.
  6. Cover and seal the lid-turn the vent to sealing. 
  7. Press the Manual - pressure cooker-high pressure for 4 minutes. If lentils are not soaked then 8 minutes. 
  8. Once the 4 minutes are done, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then release remaining pressure.
  9. Open the lid, lentils are cooked but still holding its shape. Add jaggery and tamarind paste.
  10. Once again press the saute mode for 2 minutes and simmer the daal. 
  11. Serve in a bowl, garnish it with the freshly chopped coriander and serve. 

Notes:

Don't have jaggery and tamarind paste? use lemon juice and brown sugar or regular sugar.
Calories
270.77
Fat (grams)
13.46
Sat. Fat (grams)
1.06
Carbs (grams)
32.08
Fiber (grams)
7.14
Net carbs
24.94
Sugar (grams)
12.71
Protein (grams)
7.81
Sodium (milligrams)
375.97
Cholesterol (grams)
0.53
The nutritional information provided is an approximation calculated by an online calculator. Please consult a professional dietitian for nutritional advice.

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18 comments:

  1. Chana dal having jaggery sounds delicious. During this crucial time, basic food with minimal ingredients should be the priority & here it is.

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  2. Chana dal cooked in IP makes it easy. We eat similar version of chana dal with Sindhi delicacy Pakwan.
    Dal is cooked perfect and looks super delicious.

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    1. Thanks Lata, yes my mum has mention to me a couple of time about Pakwan dish :) Can't wait to try it.

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  3. That is such a simple, yet so flavorful and delicious dal recipe. Love the addition of tamarind and jaggery - will definitely try this recipe some time soon.

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    1. Thank you Pavani. Let us know how you like it.

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  4. Simple and delicious daland pics are so inviting.liked the addition of tamarind and jaggery here as i make in North Indian way. shall try your way next time when I make it.

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  5. Simple and comforting food! Dal looks amazing, love how it has retained the shape, i can have this dal as such in a bowl! simple, superb flavors!!!

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    1. Priya we like our chana daal in good shape :)

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  6. This is what is called simplicity at its best...This simple yet flavourful dal looks super delicious..Yummy share 😋

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  7. Creamy, easy to prepare and satisfying. Love how quick it is to make chana dal. Best enjoyed with hot ghee rotli. I don't add jaggery but will try it your way next time.

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  8. Gujarati chana dal looks very inviting. I have never used jaggery in savory dishes, gotta try it once. Lovely pictures.

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  9. This dal looks so inviting. My sister keeps making this chana dal quite often. Instant pot is very useful.

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  10. Love this simple and comforting chana dal curry ! It looks really amazing, must have superb flavors too :) IP sounds so easy and quick here

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  11. Being a Gujarati , Love this simple yet so yummy curry.with IP it's so easy to prepare . Perfect recipe for such crucial time .. lovely captures

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