Cholar Dal Recipe

Cholar Dal Recipe

40 mins
5-6 people
15 mins

How to Make Cholar Dal: Step-by-Step Guide


If you're looking to tantalize your taste buds with the rich and authentic flavors of Bengali cuisine, then Cholar Dal is the dish for you. This traditional Indian recipe is a celebration of Bengal's culinary artistry, combining the earthy goodness of chana dal (Bengal gram dal) with a symphony of aromatic spices. Cholar Dal is a beloved part of Bengali festivals and special occasions, and its exquisite blend of sweet and savory notes will leave you craving for more.


In this step-by-step guide, we'll unveil the secrets of preparing Cholar Dal, taking you on a journey through the heart of Bengali cuisine. From the earthy aroma of mustard oil to the subtle sweetness of sugar, from the warmth of cinnamon and cloves to the gentle heat of green chilies, every ingredient in this recipe plays a vital role in creating a truly unforgettable dish. Whether you're a seasoned chef or a beginner in the kitchen, this recipe will captivate your senses and transport you to the vibrant streets of Bengal.


Radhaballabhi - The Perfect Companion

What's a perfect companion for Cholar Dal? Look no further than Radhaballabhi! These deep-fried, stuffed bread circles are a delightful addition to your Bengali feast. With a golden, crispy exterior and a sumptuous urad dal filling, Radhaballabhi adds an extra layer of texture and taste to your meal. The combination of Cholar Dal and Radhaballabhi is a match made in culinary heaven, offering you a complete and authentic Bengali dining experience.


Don't miss out on the opportunity to savor the exquisite flavors of Bengal. Explore the steps below to master Cholar Dal and Radhaballabhi and bring a taste of Bengal to your kitchen.



Cholar dal

Potato peeled

2 pc

Chana dal soaked

2 cups


1 ½ tbsp

Turmeric powder

1 tbsp

Bay leaf

2 pcs

Mustard oil

2-3 tbsp

Fresh coconut chopped

¼ cup


1 tbsp


1 tbsp

Dry red chilli

1 pc


1 Inch

Green cardamom

2 pcs


5-6 pcs


1 tsp

Ginger paste

1 tbsp

Garam masala

½ tbsp

Green chilli

2 pcs

Bengali garam masala

½ tbsp


1 tbsp


1 tbsp




Soaked urad dal

1 cup

Green chilli

2 pcs


1 inch 


3 tbsp


½ tbsp

Saunf powder

1½ tbsp


1 tbsp


as required

Refined flour

2 cup


for deep frying





Cholar dal:

In a pressure cooker, add soaked chana dal, turmeric powder, bayleaf, water and cook it for 2 whistles.

Heat a pan, add mustard oil, fresh coconut chopped, raisins, cashew and saute them.

Once they are golden brown remove them on a plate and keep aside.

In the same pan, add potato dice and saute them for 2-3 mins on medium heat.

Then add dry red chilli, cinnamon, cloves, green cardamom and then hing.

Later add hing and saute.

Then add jeera powder, turmeric powder, salt, green chilli, some water and cook it.

Add cooked dal, water if required and boil it.

Then add bengali garam masala, sugar, fried coconut/ raisins/ cashew and mix it. 

Cook it for a minute, then add ghee and cook.

Cholar dal is ready to serve.



In a mixer grinder, add soaked urad dal and grind it.

For stuffing:

Heat a pan, add oil, kalonji, green chilli & ginger paste and saute them.

Then add saunf powder, salt and saute.

Then add grinded urad dal, some water, mix it and cover it with a lid. Cook it until the mixture dries up.

For the dough:

In a bowl, add refined flour, green chilli & ginger paste, salt, saunf powder and mix it.

Then add water and knead it to a soft dough. Rest it for 10-15 mins.

Divide the dough into portions.

Take one portion and fill the stuffing in it. Roll it to a thick flat circle.

Heat oil in a pan, and deep fry radhaballabhi until it puffs up.

Remove it on a plate.

Radhaballabhi is ready to serve.


A Flavorful Conclusion

In conclusion, Cholar Dal and Radhaballabhi are not just recipes; they are an experience of the rich and vibrant Bengali culture. The aromatic spices, the harmony of ingredients, and the explosion of flavors make this duo a must-try for any food enthusiast. As you enjoy the Cholar Dal with its sweet and savory notes and the Radhaballabhi with its crispy, savory filling, you'll savor a piece of Bengali tradition.


But the journey doesn't end here. If you've fallen in love with these Bengali delicacies, why not explore more of Chef Ajay Chopra's recipes? Discover the world of Bengali cuisine and unlock the secrets of authentic Indian flavors. Be sure to check out his courses and books to continue your culinary adventure. Don't wait; dive into the delicious world of Cholar Dal and Radhaballabhi and let your taste buds dance with joy!



FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)


Q1: What is Cholar Dal?

Cholar Dal is a traditional Bengali dish made from chana dal (Bengal gram dal) and an array of aromatic spices. It has a unique sweet and savory flavor that makes it a staple in Bengali cuisine.


Q2: What is Radhaballabhi?

Radhaballabhi is a deep-fried, stuffed bread dish commonly served in Bengali cuisine. It is made from urad dal and spices, making it a perfect accompaniment to Cholar Dal.


Q3: What gives Cholar Dal its distinct flavor?

Cholar Dal's distinct flavor comes from a combination of ingredients, including mustard oil, aromatic spices like cinnamon and cloves, and a touch of sugar. The balance of sweet and savory notes creates a delightful taste.


Q4: Are these recipes suitable for beginners?

Yes, both Cholar Dal and Radhaballabhi can be made by beginners with the step-by-step instructions provided. These recipes offer a flavorful introduction to Bengali cuisine.


Q5: Can I find the ingredients for these recipes easily?

Most of the ingredients used in Cholar Dal and Radhaballabhi are readily available in Indian grocery stores and some supermarkets. You can also order them online for convenience.


Q6: How long does it take to prepare these dishes?

The preparation time for Cholar Dal and Radhaballabhi may vary, but with the provided instructions, you can expect to serve these dishes in approximately 60-90 minutes.


Q7: Can I make these recipes without deep-frying?

While deep-frying is the traditional method for Radhaballabhi, you can also try baking or shallow frying for a healthier alternative. Adjust the cooking method to your preference.


Q8: Where can I find more recipes and resources from Chef Ajay Chopra?

You can explore Chef Ajay Chopra's courses, books, and a wide range of recipes on his website. Discover the world of authentic Indian flavors and elevate your culinary skills with his expertise.