Chana Dal Chutney Recipe: A Must Try Delight!

Chana Dal Chutney Recipe: A Must Try Delight!


Chana Dal Chutney Recipe: A Must Try Delight!


Chutney, be it of any kind, is the Indian version of the ‘cherry’ on the cake. It makes everything tastier and adds zest to our meals. There are different kinds of chutneys, the most popular being the spicy green chutney that can be eaten with everything, ranging from sandwiches to dhoklas. But there is another chutney that is as good as the green one – the chana dal chutney. It’s made with Bengal grams (a variety of chickpea).

Chana dal chutney is that yummy and spicy accompaniment you have when you are dining at an authentic South Indian restaurant. But this spicy chutney goes well with everything and has a scope that extends beyond the South Indian cuisine. If you want a break from the good old green chutney, try this chana dal chutney recipe. You won’t regret it.

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Nutrition Facts

Let’s take a glance at the nutrition facts before we move on to the chana dal chutney recipe.

Serving size: 1 tbsp ( approximately 14g)

Nutritional Values Amount
Calories 62
Protein 2.5g
Total Carbohydrates 6.8g
Fibre 1.6g
Fat 2.5g
Cholesterol 1.1mg
Vitamin A 1% of the daily recommended value
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 10% of the daily recommended value
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 3% of the daily recommended value
Folic Acid 8% of the daily recommended value
Calcium 4% of the daily recommended value
Iron 3% of the daily recommended value
Zinc 2% of the daily recommended value
Potassium 2% of the daily recommended value


Chana Dal Chutney Recipe: How to Prepare?

Chana dal ki chutney is an underappreciated marvel of the Indian cuisine. Using this chana dal chutney recipe, you can reinvent your dishes.

Here’s a simple chana dal chutney recipe you can follow at home.

What to Use

1/2 cup chana dal

1/2 cup grated coconut (optional)

5-6 dry red chillies (you can decrease the count if you are not spice-hearted)

2 tsp oil

1/4 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)

1/4 cup whisked curd (optional)

1 tsp mustard seeds

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

2 tsp tamarind paste

Salt to taste

3-4 curry leaves

1/2 cup water

How to Prepare

Step 1:

Place a pan on the heat and add oil to it.

Step 2:

Once the oil is heated, add the chana dal and roast it until golden (2-3 minutes).

Step 3:

Add the grated coconut (optional) and stir for 2 minutes.

Step 4:

Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool slightly. Then transfer it in a mixer-grinder.

Step 5:

Add curd and water. Then grind the mixture to a smooth paste (don’t make it too runny).

Step 6:

Add the ginger, two to three chillies, tamarind paste, and salt, then grind it again.

Step 7:

Transfer the mixture into a bowl.

Step 8:

Heat the pan again and add some oil.

Step 9:

Once the oil is heated, add asafoetida powder, the rest of the red chillies, the curry leaves, mustard seeds, and cumin seeds. Let them crackle.

Step 10:

Pour this tempered, crackled mixture on the smooth paste. That’s it. Your chutney is ready!

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Health Benefits of This Chana Dal Chutney Recipe

  • High in protein: According to ‘Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’, protein can prevent loss of muscle mass, weakening of the heart, impairment of the respiratory system, loss of immunity, etc.
  • High in dietary fibre: Dietary fibre aids in the maintenance of a healthy weight and can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes according to research published in the journal ‘Nutrients’.
  • Contains beneficial vitamins B3 & B1: The B vitamins are necessary for optimal physiological and neurological functioning. They contribute to having good brain health. They also play a role in DNA/RNA synthesis, energy production, etc. These findings were published in a study in the journal ‘Nutrients’.
  • High in folic acid content: According to the National Institutes of Health, folate (folic acid) can play a role in the prevention of cancer, dementia, stroke, cardiovascular diseases, congenital defects, depression, etc.

Perfect Pairings

Now that you know chana dal chutney recipe, it’s time to tell you what goes well with it. All South Indian delicacies are definitely perfect, but if the foodie in you wants to experience a new taste – a fusion – then try it with sandwiches, fritters, even burgers! “What, are you crazy?” might be your reaction now, but once you taste it, you will never forget the flavour!

Taste it for Yourself

Take a break from the original green chutney and try this instead. We hope our chana dal chutney recipe helps you whip up something sumptuous the next time you are in the kitchen, wanting to try something new. Some people prefer to make fried chana dal chutney instead of roasted chanal dal chutney. Some may also decide to skip the curd. Our chana dal chutney recipe can be used either way.

Enjoy the chutney. You’ll thank us later.

Try out 24 Mantra Organic’s Chana Dal and relish its taste even better!

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