Monday, June 13, 2016

Fried Chana Dal Snack-Chana Dal Namkeen Recipe-Haldiram Style

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.

Fried Chana Dal Snack

Fried Chana Dal Snack

Fried Chana Dal Snack

 Prep Time : 5 mins (excluding drying time)
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Recipe CategorySnacks
 Recipe CuisineIndian

   Ingredients needed

   Bengal gram/ kadalai paruppu - 2 cups or as needed
   Salt as needed
   Chilli powder as required
   Hing - a pinch
   Oil for frying


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.

Fried Chana Dal Snack recipe

In a bowl, mix together salt, chilli powder, hing and keep it ready. If you like, you can also add a little chaat masala.

drying chana dal


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.

frying dal using a strainer

Fry on medium heat until the bubbling noise stops and the dal comes to the surface.

Chana Dal Namkeen-Haldiram Style

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.

how to make chana dal snack

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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  1. Probably good one for Diwali! I still love the Thengai Mangai Patani Sundal during the
    Navarathri season,with no oil. Thanks Padhu for all the recipes you send our way!...Paddu from California

  2. When i made this, first time it came out good. The second time i made it, many of the dal came out too hard and are hard to chew. Do you know what i did wrong? Hare krishna

    1. Either you did not fry properly or did not soak for 4 hours.

    2. I did soak for more than 4 hours . Maybe because i fried for too long, then it became hard, or because i fried on high heat...

  3. Is this made with raw bengal gram dal or roasted??


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