Luchi & Chholar daal (Bengali style Chana Daal with Maida Poori)

This is a part of the series ……. For the Chef in u

Contributed by YUMMRAJ’s favourite Chef ANONYMOUS

Super easy to make & Super good to eat……………

Luchi & Chholar Daal is a typical Bengali traditional breakfast.

Luchi & Chholar Daal

Soak a cup of Chana daal (Chholar daal) for one hour. Add salt & turmeric & boil it in an open vessel till just done. Do not overcook it / do not pressure cook.

Boiled Chholar (Chana) Daal

Heat 2 tablespoon of Cow milk Ghee (clarified butter made from cow milk) & lightly fry  chopped coconuts, cashewnuts & raisins as shown in the picture.

sliced coconuts, cashew & raisins fried in ghee

Drain & keep aside.

Mix together ginger paste (1 teaspoon), Haldi / Turmeric powder (1/2 teaspoon), Jeera / Cumin powder (1 teaspoon) & Red chilli powder to taste (I use 1/2 tea spoon). Add 2 teaspoon water to dilute the paste a bit & mix well.

the fried spices post addition of water

In the remaining Ghee (after frying the coconut, cashew etc), add ½ teaspoon whole jeera (cumin seed). Add the above-mentioned paste once the cumin seeds start crackling. Fry the mixture continuously till the ghee separates.

Add the boiled daal & mix well – Do the mixing lightly to make sure the daal does not get mashed.

The Daal mixed with the cooked spices

 Add salt to taste & 1 teaspoon sugar. Mix again. Add the fried coconut, cashews & raisins. Adjust seasoning.

Almost done - just before mixing the garam masala

Add ½ teaspoon Garam masala paste & u r ready with ur Chholar daal.

For Luchi, take 2 ups of Maida (refined flour). Add ½ teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoon refined oil / Ghee (clarified butter) & mix well. Knead it into a stiff dough using lukewarm water. Keep aside for 30 minutes.

The dough

Make lemon sized balls out of the dough.

Lemon sized maida balls ready to be made into a luchi

Roll these out into discs of approx. 3 inches diameter.

the maida flattened to a luchi

Heat oil in a kadhai (wok). Slide in a disk & deep fry till puffed. Do not let it brown.

The final stage - Frying the luchi

Serve freshly made Luchi & hot Chholar daal & enjoy a Bengali Classic Breakfast.


  1. Super easy???? Making the dough and kneading it is the toughest thing ever for me… Eat Yummraj, eat… slightly envious of the fact that you have a favourite Chef ANONYMOUS to cook all these delicious food for you…

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