Chana Dal Recipes

View All | View Summaries
Chickpea Soup Recipe Recipe

Chickpea Soup Recipe

08.15.13 by Jackie

I had a lot of leftover soaked chickpeas after making chole (spicy Indian garbanzo beans), so I prepared a simple chickpea soup. I added potatoes that are invading part of our garden now, onions, a touch of lemon and whatever vegetables I was able to find in the kitchen (frozen corn, carrots and roasted red bell peppers). The result was surprisingly fabulous, especially since it's gluten free, dairy free and low fat. You could sprinkle a few Parmesan shavings for added richness if you like, but since there’s no photographic evidence, I’m going to say I didn't!

I prepared the chickpea soup with the idea that it was going to be for baby Aria, but all the grown-ups in our home enjoyed it just as much as she did. She's old enough to eat meat, fish and other solid carbs but I still prepare soups for her several times a week to ensure she doesn't go too hungry. According to my husband Lulu, she's plenty chubby but I guess through a mommy's eyes, there's always the fear of not providing enough for your baby.


Full Recipe...
Ultay Pultay Recipe (Indian Chana Pancake Curry) Recipe

Ultay pultay is what my father-in-law (I call him "Daddy"), who's a vegetarian, considers a festive dish. This dish is composed of thin, firmly pressed chickpea pancakes soaked in spicy gravy. The cooking time was a bit a long but seeing Daddy enjoy his meal was so rewarding. 

I learned to make ultay pultay from Lulu's paternal grandmother's sister. The entire family calls her Muni Baji in Urdu, which translates to "little sister" in English and she's indeed the youngest of a large brood; Lulu's grandmother was the eldest.

It was a lot of fun learning the curry dish from Muni Baji. She told me a lot of stories about her life in Hyderabad. For instance, the gravy calls for fried onion paste and back in the day, there was no blender so it was puréed by hand!


Full Recipe...
Karela Achar Recipe (+Giveaway) Recipe

Karela Achar Recipe (+Giveaway)

12.14.11 by Jackie

Bitter melon (also known as bitter cucumber, bitter gourd or karela) is an acquired taste. That's a polite way of saying a lot of people dislike it. As the name implies, it is bitter, but when cooked properly, it can make a delicious dish. I learned this particular recipe from my husband Lulu's auntie. Sherin Auntie made achar using Indian bittermelons. What is achar you ask? Achar is to Indian cuisine what nuoc mam is to Vietnamese food. It's a popular, oil-packed Indian pickled condiment. We usually eat it with kichdi (Indian lentil rice) and raita (Indian yogurt condiment).

First, Sherin Auntie seeded the karela and cut them into small shreds. She decided to par-boil them so they'd be tender but this step is optional. She then fried them with Indian spices until it formed a chunky, thick paste and completed the process by sealing the mixture in a jar. The last bit of this recipe is time; you have to let the achar stand for a few days so the ingredients infuse and develop into a flavorful condiment. But I promise you it's so addictive, you'll keep asking for more rice so you can eat more achar.



Today’s giveaway is 4 bags each of Mary’s Gone Crackers 3 pretzel stick flavors.They come in Sea Salt, Chipotle Tomato and Curry. I got a chance to try the curry flavored “sticks & twigs” recently, and I can tell you they go really great with Cypress Grove Chevre. My father-in-law almost ate the entire pack along with the cheese, so I was lucky to get the few bites I did before they disappeared. The pretzels are earthy and the curry flavor really comes through. For a chance to win the pretzels, just enter today’s giveaway.

Make sure you're a fan of PhamFatale Facebook fan page and Mary's Gone Crackers, or follow @Phamfatalecom and tweet about this giveaway. To make it easy, you can just copy and paste this tweet if you’d like: "Mary's Gone Crackers #Giveaway from @Phamfatalecom and @GoneCrackers: http://bit.ly/sp4V7y".

Marys's Gone Crackers


Full Recipe...
Vegetable Chana Dal Recipe Recipe

Vegetable Chana Dal Recipe

11.10.10 by Jackie

Turai chana dal is a dish that Baji, my husband Lulu's late grandmother, would make for the family. It's a healthy dish made of ridged gourd vegetable and lentils.

The ridged gourd vegetable, also known as turai or beerakaya, has the shape of an elongated starfruit squash. You can find it at any Indian grocery stores. This time, I made my own interpretation of her dish using a similar looking Vietnamese vegetable called mướp, which is a loofah gourd. Like the ridged gourd, mướp also belongs to the squash family. I've made this recipe with other vegetables such as zucchini and opo squash (trái bàu in Vietnamese) before and it’s come out well because once cooked, the texture of all these vegetables is quite similar. The flesh is soft and tender with a mild, natural sweetness.

No matter which vegetable you end up using, this dish will make a great veggie main course for your next meal.


Full Recipe...