This is a quick and easy snack made with bengal gram (chana dal) similar to haldiram's fried dal . It can be had with tea or any time of the day. This is such an easy snack that all you have to do is to soak the dal. You can add finely chopped onions, tomatoes, green chillies, coriander leaves and some chat masala to the fried chana dal and enjoy it even as a chaat. Today we will learn how to make crunchy, spicy and tasty chana dal snack following this easy recipe.
Wash and soak bengal gram dal for 4 hours. Drain the water completely and spread it on a cloth to air dry for an hour. Do not dry it completely.
In a bowl, mix together salt, chilli powder, hing and keep it ready. If you like, you can also add a little chaat masala.
Heat oil in a pan (to check if the oil is hot, drop a dal inside the oil, if it comes to the surface immediately, the oil is hot enough to fry). Once the oil is hot, reduce the heat to medium.
Now add a batch of dal into the oil using a stainless steel strainer. Stir once you add, to prevent it from sticking together.
Fry on medium heat until the bubbling noise stops and the dal comes to the surface.
Remove from oil and place it in a colander or paper towels to absorb excess oil if any. When it is warm, sprinkle the salt + chilli powder mixture and mix well. Repeat the same for the rest of the dal.
Once it cools, store it in an airtight jar or container at room temperature and enjoy it any time of the day. It stays good for more than a week.
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