Chana Dal with Chicken

Chana Dal with Chicken –  This is a recipe my mum makes a lot. It is a recipe that always seems to go down well with others too and is so simple to make. It is healthy, delicious and gluten free. Oh and kid friendly. 

Chana Dal with Chicken

This easy Chana Dal Recipe with chicken is made from split chickpeas. It has a nutty texture and is very filling and wholesome. It makes for a great midweek meal. 

I love Dal and could eat it all day. I love that it provides warmth and comfort in the colder winter months. In Bristol there is a Dal festival every year. It’s this week actually.

Dal for me, is the ultimate hug in a bowl meal that everyone enjoys.Though as you can probably tell, this picture was taken in Summer and that my friends is how much of a back log I have with getting recipes up on the site. I really wish I was like the bloggers who have just a week prepped in advance but alas (so dramatic) I am just not built that way. 

I am thinking of slipping back into bed this morning. I am so tired because instead of my usual 5am wake up, my eyes opened at 4.30 am. Who knew that half an hour could make such a massive difference! I keep sliding down the bed and feel like I am about to land on the floor and wake the whole house up. I don’t know how kids do it but somehow because I woke up at 4.30 am, BOTH kids did too. One woke to drink water and the other to pop to the loo. We had a convo and then I just got on with my day. The kids went back to bed. How did we time the waking up bit so well? My husband OBVIOUSLY slept through it all. HOW?! 

In this recipe the dal is cooked al dente rather then like most other dals that are broken down or pureed in the process of cooking. The masala is very simple and pretty standard. The tempering adds to the flavour and intensifies it. 

Serve the dal with roti or rice or cooked grains and pickles. You know I love a pickle side. 

Chana Dal with Chicken

Chana Dal with Chicken -  This is a recipe my mum makes a lot. It is a recipe that always seems to go down well with others too and is so simple to make. It is healthy, delicious and gluten free. Oh and kid friendly. 

Course Dinner
Cuisine Indian
Cook Time 1 hour
Soaking 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4

Ingredients

Chana Dal with Chicken

  • 1 cup Chana dal (Split Chickpeas)
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 2 Onions diced
  • 4 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 3/4 inch Ginger grated finely
  • 1 Green Chilli pierced
  • 200 ml Tomato Passata
  • 1.5 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1.5 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • Salt
  • 1 lb Chicken Breast chopped into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 500 ml Boiled Water

Tempering

  • 1/2 tsp Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 clove Garlic sliced finely
  • Pinch Cayenne Pepper
  • Pinch Garam Masala

Instructions

  1. Soak the dal for 1 hour to overnight.

  2. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add the onions and braise for 8 - 10 minutes until golden brown. 

  3. Stir in the garlic, ginger and green chilli and saute for 2 minutes.

  4. Pour in the passata and add the coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric, red chilli powder and salt and cover. Cook for 15 minutes on low heat. Check in between to make sure it isn't sticking. Add a splash of water if it is.

  5. Turn the heat up to high and add the chicken. Cook for a further 5 minutes before adding in the dal and water. 

  6. Bring to the boil, cover, turn the heat down and simmer for 20 - 25 minutes. You may need to add more water so check in between.

  7. To temper - Heat oil in a small pan pver medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds and garlic cook until the cumin seeds change color. Add the garam masala and cayenne and remove from the heat. Pour over the Dal. Taste and adjust salt and spice. 

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