Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Chanay Ki Daal Chicken ( Bengal Gram Lentil with Chicken )

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Chanay Ki Daal Chicken ... Bengal Gram lentils cooked in a spicy chicken curry!

 Chanay Ki Daal Chicken 

* Prep. Time : 20 minutes
* Cook Time : 1 hr.
* Serves : 8 - 10 

Ingredients :

For Lentil :
  • 250 gm Bengal Gram ( chanay ki daal ), washed & soaked for 30 minutes
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 4 glasses water( or as required )
For Chicken Curry :
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 medium ( 125 gm. ) onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium  ( 125 gm. ) tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 500 gm. chicken pieces
  • 1 tbsp. ginger garlic paste
  • 3 cloves
  • 4 - 5 whole black peppers
  • 1 large cardamom
  • 2" piece of cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp. red chillies powder
  • 1 tbsp. coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 2 - 3 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. garam masala powder

    Method :
    • Combine Bengal Gram, turmeric and water in a pan.
    • Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook, covered, on medium heat till lentil is tender. Lightly mash with the back of the spoon. 
    • While lentil is cooking, make chicken curry.
    • Heat oil in a large pan. Add onion and fry till golden brown. Remove from oil.
    • Put in a blender with tomatoes and cumin seeds. Add little water and blend to a thick paste.
    • Add chicken to oil and fry for few minutes.
    • Add ginger garlic paste, cloves, black pepper, cardamom and cinnamon stick.
    • Fry for 30 seconds, then add turmeric, red chillies, coriander powder and salt.
    • Stir and add tomato onion paste. Mix well.
    • Add ( 1/2 cup ) water and cook, covered, on medium heat till chicken is done and water is almost dried (Stir occasionally during cooking).
    • Turn heat to high and cook, stirring frequently until the curry leaves oil.
    • Add water (1 cup / as required) and bring to a boil. 
    • Add cooked lentil and mix well. 
    • Sprinkle green chillies, coriander leaves and garam masala powder. 
    • Cook, covered, on very low heat for 5 minutes.
    • Serve with Chapati / Naan or boiled rice.

    Thank you for stopping by. Hope you enjoy the recipe!!!


    1. Wowww... Truly delicious.. looks simply amazing..

    2. Wow unique recipe,looks absolutely delicious.

    3. drool the texture and colour.

    4. Lentil is healthy and great tasting ... always.... thanks for sharing!

    5. This is a very different chicken gravy but lovely combination of flavors in there...

    6. Very unique combination of chole and chicken. Looks awesome!

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    7. Quite a new and delicious dish,makes me hungry.

    8. looks really delicious...........

    9. nice combination new to me but looking inviting
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    10. loved the idea of adding chana dal. never tried this before. Yummy.

    11. Thank you so much everyone for liking the recipe :)

      Welcome Santosh and thank you for visiting my blog & joining as a follower. Will surely visit yours soon :)

    12. This is super delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    13. Thank you Eftychia for visiting :)

    14. Wow...u have a wonderful blog..Chicken curry looks so yummy. I can have my rice in a jiffy if I had this curry now..Yumm.

    15. Thank you Suhaina for your lovely comments ... Wish I could pass it to you. Thanks for visiting me & for the following :)

    16. Hey Sweety.. I tried this recipe today.. and it was a super duper hit.. thanks for the recipe.. :)

    17. Thanks Mehjabeen for trying it out! I'm delighted to hear that you liked it :)

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