Creamy Channa Dal Khatta

Channa dal Khatta

Channa dal khatta is a recipe I experimented with trying the Chattisghar cuisine. My partner Shobha Keshwani had given me the second ingredient as Channa dal ( split chickpea).

The Shhhh cooking challenge group is a  group of women coming together for the love of cooking. The spin-out wonderful recipes from various cuisines with two leads… the ingredients. This challenge has prompted me to explore cooking series from the Indian subcontinent and areas perhaps I would have hardly attempted on my own, for the lack of knowledge. I totally adore this challenge and look forward to it each time.

So for the Chattisghar challenge, once my kids had agreed upon the rice poori, Chusela, it was necessary to have a creamy dip in gravy to go with it. scouring through tons of dal recipes and Chattisgarh recipes, I noticed the addition of yoghurt to add a bit of tang to the recipe in a few read ups. The original recipes used masoor dal, so here is the even creamier modified Channa Dal version.

Channa dal khatta with chusela

The recipe was easy to make and the added yoghurt created a unique flavouring and a satisfying creaminess without the heaviness of overloaded cream. The recipe stays well in the refrigerator for up to three days and that’s perfect for a weekend meal prep. The Channa Dal Khatta tastes amazing with any kind of flatbread ( our multiple tries prove it) don’t miss to try it.

Here is the recipe for the chusela fried, gluten-free bread that my family loved with the gravy.

Chusela, rice poori

Enjoy the combination.


Channa dal Khatta

Creamy Channa Dal Khatta

A scoop of creaminess sans the heaviness of cream
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Dish, sidedish, Traditional
Cuisine diabetic friendly, gluten free, Indian, Pressure cooker, Summer, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 6 people


For pressure cooking

  • 1 cup Channa Dal Split bengal gram, kadala parippu

For the gravy masala

  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/2 tsp black cumin
  • 2 dry red chilli
  • 1 large Onion sliced
  • 1-2 Green chillies slit
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger root grated
  • 2 medium Tomato sliced
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder

for stirring in

  • 3 tbsp low fat yogurt
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves chopped


  • Rinse and Soak the Channa dal for 15 minutes.
  • Pressure cook the channa dal with knuckle deep water for three whistles or 10 minutes on a simmer
  • Meanwhile, clean and get the vegetables ready Grate the ginger after scraping of the skin. Slit the chillies Slice the tomatoes Peel and slice the onions ( red or purple taste better)
  • Cool down the pressure cooker and when the pressure subsides, open and mash the contents.
  • Into a Wok, add the cooking oil followed by the black cumin seeds and red chilli
  • When the aroma form the black cumin arises add the onions, ginger and chillies
  • Saute till the onions are translucent and semi caramelised
  • Now add the tomatoes, salt and turmeric powder. Saute well
  • Add the cooked, mashed dal and garam masala into the wok and stir well. If the dal is too thick add half cup water.
  • Allow this mixture to simmer for 5 minutes
  • Remove from heat and allow it to rest for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the yogurt and coriander leaves. Do not stir in the yogurt to simmering dal as it tends to curdle
  • Cover and allow the coriander flavour to infuse. Serve hot.
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Poonam Bachhav
6 years ago

The Channa dal khatta sounds delicious ..would go perfect with puffed pooris !

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