Bihari Chana Dal (split Bengal Gram Curry From Bihar)
Chana dal is the vegetarian alternative for guests in Bihar when they cannot serve mutton or chicken during holy months like ‘ Kartik’ , ‘Sawaan’ or during ‘Navrathri’. The reason is probably it is the most spicy and rich dal in Bihari cuisine. In Bihar, just like other parts of the country, the chana dal is cooked separately and then it is tempered with onions and spices that make the difference. It also has a subtle scent of garam masala, which is prepared by roasting Cinamon, Green Cardamom. Cloves and Mace wherein the proportion of cardamom is highest). This chana dal is a versatile side dish and can be served with Steamed Rice, Pulao, Chappati and even Pooris. Originally it does not have any sugar but if you hail from Bengal. Maharshtra or Gujrat and you like little sugar in your curries, just add a pinch of sugar to this Bihari chana dal and you will surely adore this recipe. Here goes the recipe.