Chana Dal Paratha

You are sure to have tried making Parathas with varied fillings ranging from potato, green peas and other veggies to cooked moong dal and even spinach. However, you will find that this Chana Dal Paratha has a unique texture and rich flavour, which is a class apart from the rest. While the basic dough is a standard whole wheat flour one, it is the stuffing that makes this paratha mind-blowing. A mixture of cooked chana dal perked up with spice powders like peppy garam masala and tangy amchur as well as other complementary ingredients like onions and coriander, gives this dish a wonderfully balanced texture and peppy flavour, which is sure to steal your heart. Enjoy it fresh off the Tava with your favourite Raitas / Kachumber or fresh curds and Pickles / Aachar .

Chana Dal Paratha

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Chana Dal Paratha recipe - How to make Chana Dal Paratha

Soaking time:  60 minutes   Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     12Makes 12 parathas
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For The Dough
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta)
salt to taste

For The Stuffing
3/4 cup chana dal (split bengal gram)
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1/4 cup finely chopped coriander (dhania)
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp dried mango powder (amchur)
1 tsp green chilli paste
1 tsp sugar
salt to taste

Other Ingredients
whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta) for rolling
oil for cooking

For Serving
fresh curd

For the dough

    For the dough
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and knead into a soft dough using enough water.
  2. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions and keep aside.

For the stuffing

    For the stuffing
  1. Wash and soak the chana dal in enough water in a deep bowl for 1 hour. Drain well.
  2. Boil enough water in a deep non-stick pan, add the chana dal and salt and mix well. Cook on a medium flame for 20 minutes or till the dal is cooked.
  3. Strain using a strainer and keep aside to cool slightly.
  4. Once cooled, blend it in a mixer to a coarse mixture.
  5. Transfer the mixture into a bowl, add all the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  6. Divide the stuffing into 12 equal portions and keep aside

How to proceed

    How to proceed
  1. Roll a portion of the dough into a 100 mm. (4”) diameter circle using a little whole wheat flour for rolling.
  2. Place a portion of the stuffing in the centre of the circle.
  3. Bring together all the sides in the centre and seal tightly.
  4. Roll again into a circle of 125 mm. (5”) diameter circle using a little whole wheat flour for rolling.
  5. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle) and cook the paratha on a medium flame, using a little oil, till golden brown spots appear on both the sides.
  6. Repeat steps 1 to 5 to make 11 more parathas.
  7. Serve immediately with fresh curds.

Handy tip:

    Handy tip:
  1. At step 2 for the stuffing, cook the chana dal till it is just tender and not over cooked or mushy.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per paratha
Energy107 cal
Protein4.6 g
Carbohydrates20.3 g
Fiber3.9 g
Fat1 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium12.9 mg


Chana Dal Paratha
 on 29 Jul 15 04:36 PM

chana dal paratha.. a meal by it self.. a delicious stuffed paratha.. with flavor of chaat masala and garam masala intense in each bite..It has a grainy texture.. which is nice and moist.. It tastes the best when served hot from the tava.. with fresh curds.
Chana Dal Paratha
 on 31 Dec 12 01:32 PM

good paranthas.. very filling and go well with curd