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Chana Dal Kofta (Bengal Gram Kofta)

Chana Dal Kofta (Bengal Gram Kofta) is prepared by dipping chana dal pakodas in a spicy gravy. It can be enjoyed with steamed rice or chapatis or even parathas.


For Koftas

Chana dal (Split Bengal gram) – ¼ Cup
Onions: ¼ cup, finely chopped
Green chilies: 2-3, finely chopped
Ginger paste : ½ tbsp
Garlic paste – ½ tbsp
Coriander leaves, finely chopped
Turmeric powder (Haldi): ½ tsp
Red chili powder – ½ tsp
Coriander powder : ½ tsp
Salt to taste
Oil for cooking

For Gravy

Onion- one big, finely chopped
Green chilies- 2-3 , finely chopped
Coriander leaves , finely chopped
Ginger paste- 2 tbsps
Garlic paste – 2 tbsps
Garam masala-¼ tsp
Coriander powder- 1 tsps
Turmeric powder(Haldi) – ¼ tsp
Red chili powder to taste
Asafoetida (Heeng)- a pinch
Salt to taste
Cooking oil


  • For koftas, soak chana dal overnight .
  • Blend it using minimum amount of water possible.
  • Add the remaining ingredients; onions, green chilies, ginger paste, garlic paste, coriander leaves, turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder and salt . Mix well.
  • Make small balls out of the mix. Flatten the balls slightly so that they are completely cooked on frying.
  • Deep fry these balls in hot oil on medium flame. Keep the koftas aside
  • For gravy, heat oil and fry onions till dark brown.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and fry well.
  • Make a paste of all dry masalas (except garam masala) in water mentioned under gravy section.
  • Add and fry paste of masalas for ½ min.
  • Add water depending upon the consistency of gravy you want.
  • Add salt, garam masala and the koftas to the gravy and  simmer the curry for 10 minutes.
  • Garnish with finely chopped coriander and serve hot with chapatis or steamed rice.

Serves/Makes:  2-3


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