About Dhokar Dalna

A typical bengali dish made in bengali homes, crispy fried cakes made out of chana Dal in a spicy tangy curry.
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Recipe Time & More

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Served AsDinnerLunch
Servings - 4


  • Chana Dal bengali gram - 1 cup
  • Kalaunji onion seeds - 1 tsp kalaunji
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • Tomato chopped - 2
  • 1/4 tsp Garam Masala made of cloves+ cinnamon+ cardamom in equal ratio th
  • 2 Red Chillies dry
  • 1-2 tsp Salt or as per taste
  • Refined Oil


  • Soak the Chana dal (bengal gram) overnight.
  • Drain them and blend them in a mixer grinder with very little water.
  • Heat a nonstick kadhai with little oil.
  • Add kalaunji (onion seeds) and once they splutter, add the Chana dal paste and salt.
  • Cook till the mixture is Dry and becomes doughy.
  • Pour the mixture on a flat surface and flatten it.
  • Cut it into diamond shapes and deep fry the pieces and keep aside.
  • Heat another kadhai with very little oil.
  • Add dry red chillies and jeera.
  • Add the tomatoes and stir.
  • Cook till they are mushy and then add the ginger paste.
  • Stir and then add the powdered masalas, salt.
  • Cook till the masala leaves oil.
  • Add water and bring upto boil.
  • Then add the fried dhokas. Serve.
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