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Total Time:
30-45 minutes
Serves: 4
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Cuisine: Indian Recipe
Technique: Stewed Recipe
Difficulty: Medium

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  • 1 cup - black gram dal seeds
  • 4-5 cloves - garlic
  • 1 tsp - cumin seeds
  • 4 - black pepper
  • 4-5 - red chillies, whole
  • 1/2 tsp - coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp - turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp - red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp - garam masala
  • 1/2 cup - oil (preferably mustard oil)
  • 3 cups - water
  • a pinch of asafoetida
  • 3 tsp - salt
  • Ghee and coriander leaves for garnishing

How to Make Chainsoo

  • Heat a kadhai on moderate flame. Dry-roast the dal for about 3-5 minutes until it emanates an aroma (do not over roast). Take off the flame.
  • Grind the roasted seeds into a coarse powder.
  • Heat oil in a kadhai and add the garlic cloves. When the cloves turn light brown, add cumin seeds, red chillies, black pepper and asafoetida.
  • Immediately add the powdered dal and fry for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add turmeric powder, dry coriander powder, red chilli powder, salt and water. Bring to boil.
  • Cover and cook until the dal becomes very soft. Let the mixture simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  • Before taking off the heat, sprinkle garam masala over the chainsoo.
  • Garnish with pure ghee and chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve with hot steamed rice.