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Channa Dal Paratha

I usually make paranthas on weekends for breakfast. This weekend we had chana dal paratha. Typically, stuffed parathas are served with chilled yogurt and often shallow fried with lot of ghee or oil. But that ain't gonna happen in my kitchen. There is no ghee/butter involved here. I used few drops of oil for each paratha and it’s not stuffed.

The trick to get crispy parathas is to heat a flat pan on high flame but the minute your paratha sits on the pan, reduce the flame to medium. The dough can be made ahead in the night and stored in an air tight container. Let it sit in the fridge overnight. Refrigerating the dough also makes it easy to work on and gives a good rise.


Plain wheat flour 2 cups
Bengal gram/ Chana dal ½ cup
Finely chopped onion 1
Minced ginger and garlic
Chopped coriander
Chopped red chilli peppers 3-4(you can use green as well)
Garam masala powder ½ teaspoon
Lukewarm water


Soak chana dal for 2 to 4 hours and pressure cook it with 1/2 cup of water. Cook till all the lentils become tender. I cooked for four whistles. Open the cooker and allow the dal to cool. Drain the water if any.

Using a wooden spoon or in a blender, mash the dal.
Mix the dal puree with coriander leaves, onion, ginger garlic, garam masala and salt to taste.

In a big bowl, add the flour and the dal mixture. Mix everything together until dough begins to form. I usually use my hands to knead the dough. You can even use a food processor for kneading.

Pack this dough in an air tight container and let it cool in the fridge for few hours. You can straight away use the dough to make parathas but I like to give it a rest.

When you are ready to make the parathas, take pieces of the dough and make small balls. Dust some flour and then lightly flatten the dough with hand.

With a rolling pin, roll out carefully to make a round paratha about ½’’ thick

Heat a flat pan and place the paratha on it. Smear some oil on top. Once you see the parantha begin to puff up turn it over and cook the other side for the same time till it's golden brown in colour.

Serve hot with cool yogurt.


  1. yummy n healthy chana dal paratha ...looks so soft n tempting ,beautiful click dear


  2. So yummy and nutritious.. loved the idea of mixing daal in the dough.. stunning clicks !

  3. After so long I heard the name ;) much I love this ..We stuff the daal and them make the paratha but this seems to be easier method..looks delish

  4. That is a very new one for me and it absolutely looks amazing and I am definitely going to try it out.

  5. Sahi hai yaar!!! This reminded me of the something called Thalipeeth that uu get in Mumbai. I use that to make paranthas. That flour is made of all the dals. Tastes nice. Not that you need it. You can churn out better stuff any day...

  6. Thank you all for lovely comments. It really cheers me up.

    @Priya let me know how the recipe came up...after trying it.
    @Munchmany i have never heard of never mentioned it before. Sounds very healthy.

  7. Hi Sri,

    Thanks for taking your time out to visit my blog n leaving your lovely comment. It means a lot to me.
    Channa Dal Parata looks drool worthy. Nice clicks too....

    Cheers n Happy Cooking,

  8. Srivandya,

    Chana dal paratha looks delicious. Thanks for visiting my blog. You have a nice blog and collection of recipes.

  9. Looks so yummy and healthy, beautiful click too...

  10. yummy and delicious and healthy have a nice blog you can visit my blog and give ur comments.

  11. Lovely paranthas Vandya, the color is perfect. makes me try it this weekend.

  12. Oh wow, what a great post with helpful info on paratha! I make roti/chapatti every week at home but I've never learned how to make parathas yet. I'm determined though. I've had friends make them and LOVE them. My daughter would love this and what a great way to add protein to her diet by added the chana!

  13. Healthy as well as spicy and tasty parathas, sounds interesting dear:)

  14. Nice click.... and this paratha sound new to me....

    Why dont u send it for the Global Kadai : Flatbread's event running at my blog?

  15. Beautiful Pictures looks so yummy, looking forward to your entries for my event:

  16. Thats a great looking parathas, looks yumm!

  17. I can't wait to try these! I think they look like they would pack well when I take my lunch to work!

  18. awesome blog ! it is my first time visit i here. i love chana daal partha. looks for delicious. thankyou for shearing this information with us!indian food


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