Channa Dal (split Bengal Gram)papaya Curry

Channa dal is a common ingredient used to make lentils and vegetable curries in Odisha. Here is one recipe where I have used channa dal along with raw papaya. It tastes best with steamed rice. I consider this as comfort food and I serve it with simple steamed rice and fried papad.

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Serves: 
4

Preparation Time: 
15 mins
Cooking Time: 
15 mins

Complexity: 
Easy


Ingredients: 
Channa Dal (Split Bengal Gram) 2 Cup
Papaya Chopped 2 cup
Tomato Chopped 1
Onion medium sized 2
Ginger & Garlic paste 4 tablespoon
Turmeric powder 1 teaspoon
Kashmiri lal Mirch 2 teaspoon
Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon
Cumin powder 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander powder 1/2 teaspoon
Garam Masala powder 1 teaspoon
Salt according to taste
Oil as required
Coriander leaves finely chopped
Water 4 cup
Directions: 
Wash and soak the channa dal for 1-2 hours.
Put the soaked channa dal in a pressure cooker. Add salt, 1/2tsp turmeric, chopped papaya and 4 cups of water and close the lid. Wait for 2 whistles to come.
Heat oil in kadai. Add chopped onions to it along with a pinch of salt.Saute for few seconds and then add ginger garlic paste, chilli powder, turmeric powder, kashmiri mirch powder, Cumin powder and coriander powder. Fry the masala for 20-30 seconds.
Add the chopped tomatoes and cook till tomatoes are cooked and oil starts coming out. Now add garam masala to it.Cook for a minute.
Then pour the boiled Channa dal and papaya contents to the masala and mix well.Let it cook for 5 minutes.
Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.
It can be served both with rice as well as chappati.