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Chana Dal Paratha

Chana Dal Paratha

Stuffed Chana Dal Paratha recipe. Nutritious protein rich paratha stuffed with Chana Dal/Split Bengal Gram for breakfast/lunch/dinner.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast, Quick Lunch and Dinner Ideas
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 paratha


  • Pressure Cooker to Cook Dal
  • Tawa/Griddle
  • Mixing Bowl


For (dough) outer Covering

  • Cup Whole Wheat flour
  • ½ tsp Ajwain/Caraway Seeds
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Water to knead dough

For Chana Dal Filling

    To Cook Dal

    • 1 Cup Chana Dal/Split Bengal Gram
    • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
    • Salt to taste
    • 1-1½ Cup Water

    For Chana Dal Filling with cooked Dal

    • ¼ Cup Chopped Onions
    • 1 tsp Finely Chopped Ginger
    • 1 tbsp Dried Fenugreek Leaves optional
    • ¼ Cup Finely Chopped Fresh Coriander/Cilantro Leaves
    • 1 tsp Chaat Masala or Dry Mango Powder(Amchur)
    • 1 tsp Jeera/Cumin Seeds
    • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
    • ½-1 tsp Red Chilli Powder or
    • 1-2 Green Chillies optional


    Cook Dal

    • Soak Dal for about 15-20 minutes after washing nicely in tap water.

    Make dough for paratha

    • In a mixing bowl, add whole wheat flour, salt, ajwain and oil. Mix well.
    • Knead to a soft paliable dough with warm water. for 1 Cup of flour, use about ½ Cup just warm to touch lukewarm water.
    • Once the dough is done. Keep it aside covered with a damp towel or in an air-tight container.
    • Drain the water, add dal to pressure cooker. Add water, about 1½ cup for 1 cup, boil it till froth gathers on top. Discard it with a ladle.
    • Add salt and turmeric powder. Seal the lid and cook for two-three whistles on medium flame.
    • Once done, let the pressure go off naturally. Open lid and check fro the doneness. Dal should not be too mushy. It should be little coarse when pressed between index finger and thumb
    • Drain dal in colander/strainer. Reserve liquid, you can add it to soup or other cooked dal or add to flour while kneading the dough.
    • Once dal is completely cool, coarsely grind it..
    • Transfer to a bowl, then add all the spices, coriander/cilantro leaves, onions, green chillies.
    • Check salt then only add as per your taste. I didn't add it in this step, as I had added it while cooking Dal.
    • Mix everything nicely.

    Make Paratha

    • Divide dough into portions for rolling out paratha.
    • Divide Dal masala in equal portions to stuff in paratha.
    • Roll out lightly each portion in small disc about 3-3.5" , keep stuffing in the center. Gather together the edges and seal the dough.
    • Roll lightly to about 6"-7" disc. Repeat for all the portions. you can dust the dough portions with flour while rolling out.
    • Heat a tawa/griddle to medium hot.
    • Cook one side of paratha till bubbles appear on top. Flip it and apply little oil or ghee on it.
    • Cook for 1-2 minutes, flip again and cook the other side likewise. Cook paratha till both sides are light brown in color.
    • Serve hot with dahi and pickle or chutney of choice.

    To Cook Dal in Instant Pot

    • Add dal to inner pot. Set the SAUTE MODE on for 5 mins. Add water to dal.
    • Boil dal till froth gathers on top. Discard froth.
    • Add turmeric powder and salt.
    • Cancel SAUTE MODE and set the PRESSURE COOK Mode on for 10 mins. Seal the lid and cook dal.
    • Once done, do QPR (Quick Pressure Release) and check the dal. Drain water as mentioned in above steps.



    You can cook paratha in ghee when making for kids.
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