Channa Curry (Nizar’s)

I am just going to cut and paste this recipe exactly as it was given to me by my friend…it is simply, wonderfully delicious!   My notes are in blue. It’s necessary to read through the entire recipe before beginning to make it.

Ingredients list.

  • 2 cups split Channa Dahl [Split tiny chick peas – not the same as “chick peas” or split yellow peas]
  • 1 Onion……..chopped small.
  • 2 Tomatoes ……….chopped small..
  • 2 x 1 teasp Fresh crushed Ginger ……… These Ginger and Garlic can be pureed with oil and a little salt and they will keep in the fridge
  • 2 x 2 teasp Fresh chopped Garlic.
  • 2 teasp Ground Coriander Seeds .[ dhanna seed]
  • 2 teasp Ground Cumin Seeds [Jeera seed]
  • Salt.
  • 3 teasp Curry Powder
  • 2 Potatoes, boiled and peeled and quartered
  • *2 heaped teaspoons of Chicken Soup Powder in 2 cups of Water [* Fresh or canned chicken broth can be used instead.]
  • Optional: handful of washed spinach
  • Handful of green beans.
  • Fresh Coriander ½ cup washed and chopped.
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Lemon Juice.

Method: Soak Channa over night. Boil with 1 teasp of Ginger and Garlic, till soft.

In a large heavy bottomed pot. Place enough cooking oil to fry Onions (I like to fry the onions until they are very well browned/caramelised, and then move on to the next step ).

When onions start to brown add in the Coriander, Cumin, and the Curry Powder.

Keep frying and add the Ginger and Garlic (I fry until fragrant and spices are toasted), then, add the tomatoes.

Then spinach and green beans [optional].

And potatoes .

Now add the Dahl, strained, and add the chicken stock in water. Salt to taste.

Just before serving [20 mins or so] add ½ cup chopped fresh coriander.

Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 mins. Place in a 350 oven for 1 hour (I don’t put this in the oven, I just keep it on the stove until it’s the right consistency).

Before serving add Lemon Juice.

Serve with Basmati Rice [ 1 cup dry rice to 1 ½ cups water.]

Rinse rice before cooking. Bring to a boil, as soon as it boils add a lid and turn heat to simmer

This recipe can be eaten as a curry or more water can be added and the dahl smushed and served as a soup.

Channa dal

This is Channa Dhal


Note: the Channa is not the large chick peas from the cans, but the small dry ones that can be purchased at the Health food store or the Indian food store.

Split peas and a mixed dahl can be used instead of Chick Peas [Channa dahl], but the texture and consistency will not be the same.



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