Deep Fried Chana Dal

26 Mar

Veginchina / Vepudu Senaga Pappu

Deep fried chana dal and moong dal are few of famous Indian snacks made of dals / lentils. In deep fried chana dal, chana dal is soaked for a minimum of 4 hours and then deep fried till crisp. The deep fried chana dal is then normally flavored with red chile powder and salt. In local snack shops, deep fried chana dal is flavored by frying peeled garlic pods and crushed curry leaves.


Chana Dal 1 cup
Red Chilli Powder to taste
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying

Method of preparation:

Soak chana dal in water for 3 – 4 hours.
Place the soaked chana dal on kitchen towel and pat it dry.

Heat oil in a deep frying pan on medium high heat.
Slowly drop soaked chana dal into hot oil.
After few minutes, oil stops bubbling.
Stir and fry the chana dal for one more minute.
Remove the completely roasted chana dal onto absorbent paper.
Pour the fried chana dal into a jar while its still hot, sprinkle sufficient red chilli powder and salt.
Mix thoroughly, let it cool and serve fried chana dal as a snack.
Makes: 3/4 cup of deep fried chana dal.
Notes: Add a small pinch of soda bi carb in soaked chana dal if you wish.

Right: Deep Fried Chana Dal is crisp and has soft crunch.
Wrong: Deep Fried Chana Dal is hard – soak for long time and don’t over fry the chana dal. Try adding soda bi carb while soaking.
Other Names: Spicy Chana Dal, Spicy Deep Fried Chana Ka Dal, Chana Dal Fried.
Variations: Deep fried moong dal in which moong dal is soaked and deep fried till crisp, deep fried green peas, deep fried garbanzo beans, deep fried.

10 Responses to “Deep Fried Chana Dal”

  1. Jay March 26, 2009 at 4:52 pm #


    Im a regular visitor of you blog, everyday you come up with something new and unique.
    I too prepare this chana dal snack at home , i also fry few cloves of crushed garlic and sprig of curry leaves in hot oil and add to the roasted chana dal , it gives additional flavour and taste.

    Keep up your good spirit

  2. sowjanya March 26, 2009 at 7:27 pm #

    That’s my favorite snack since childhood. Thanks for sharing it with us. Like everyone say’s nothing tastes better than home made. good work.

  3. meenawani March 27, 2009 at 9:30 pm #

    in my family all like this dal very much. i also used to prepare at home and it will go with chopped tomatoes, spring onion with leaf and lemon just to add and now a days we used to add raw mango yummi and tangy. thanks for sharig ,

  4. ka.sulochana April 17, 2009 at 6:45 pm #

    Being a vegetarian i like most of the recipes and also enjoy making it. keep going. all the best

  5. dr.v.gopinathan April 20, 2009 at 1:03 am #

    good information and it is my favorite dish. I like it. Thanks for sharing

  6. neenu August 16, 2009 at 4:17 am #

    Its yammy and so easy to cook i like it thanks

  7. 3012 November 27, 2009 at 6:37 am #

    good one, thanks for the recipe and good ones to post


  8. Raji January 26, 2010 at 12:27 am #

    @Jay yes. garlic makes all the difference.
    @meenawani that sounds interesing

    thx for hte comments guys

  9. sharly July 1, 2010 at 5:36 am #

    how can i do it if i want to use microoven???

  10. lalbhai August 23, 2010 at 8:36 pm #

    Which oil for frying would be nice to gram dal

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