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Simple Chana Dal

Considering how easy this dish is to prepare, it's amazing how great it tastes.


  • 2 cups (uncooked) chana dal
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala1
  • salt to taste


Simmer dal until tender. Purée part of it. Carmelize onion in a bit of olive oil. Add garam masala and simmer a bit more. Add onions to dal.

Serving suggestions:

Serve over a bed of one-half rice and one-half barley. Top with fat-free sour cream or plain non-fat yogurt.


1Garam masala is a mixture of fragrant, pulverized spices. In Bengal it consists of cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves. In other parts of India it may also include black peppercorns, nutmeg, coriander, and other spices. All Indian stores sell ground garam masala.

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Last modified: January 11, 2001

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