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Baked Crispy Chana Dal Chaat

This recipe is a part of the ongoing series - Tata I-Shakti T20 Tadka. These recipes are a fusion between the two Indian states / cities that are playing each other in the IPL2015 - T20 matches. This one is for the match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knightriders and co-incidentally, I'm going


  • 1 cup Chana Dal dry Tata I - Shakti
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 xbd tsps salt
  • xbd cup onions finely chopped
  • 2 cups puffed rice crispy
  • 1 tomato large , deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 cucumber medium , peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 lemons Juice of
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • 2 - 3 green chillies , finely chopped
  • xbc cup coriander leaves finely chopped
  • 2 tbsps mustard oil
  • 2 - 3 tbsps peanuts roasted


  • Preparation
  • Wash and soak the Tata I-Shakti Chana Dal in water for 1 hour.
  • Preparing oven - baked crispy chana dal
  • Drain the soaked Tata I-Shakti Chana Dal and place in a vessel with enough water to cover the dal. Bring to a boil.
  • Once the water comes to a boil, allow to simmer for 1 minute. Remove from flame immediately and drain the dal thoroughly. Wash this with cold water to stop the cooking process. At this stage the dal should be very slightly cooked but maintaining its shape well.
  • Spread this on a clean absorbent kitchen towel for 10-15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven at 200 degrees Celsius.
  • Line a baking tray with 2 layers of foil.
  • Toss the well dried chana dal in 2 tsp oil with salt and red chilli powder. Spread in a single layer on prepared baking tray.
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes at 200 degrees u2013 checking once every 15 minutes and giving it a shake.
  • At the end of this the chana dal will be crisp. It will turn crisper once you allow it to cool. Keep aside.
  • (For baked crispy moong dal, soak for 30 minutes and avoid the cooking stage. Baking time will also be reduced to 30 minutes or so at 190 celsius).
  • To prepare the Chana Dal Chaat.
  • In a large bowl, mix all ingredients for the chaat, including crispy chana dal, keeping aside some of chana dal and coriander for garnish.
  • Serve immediately with lemon wedges.


I've noticed that the unpolished Tata I-Shakti dal needs just one wash and the next wash, the water is absolutely clear, as compared to some others that need 3-4 washes to get rid of any coating on the dal.
In this recipe, since I've used Tata I-Shakti Chana Dal, soaking time was reduced to one hour only. At the end of one hour, the dal could be easily chewed on raw.
Chana Dal or split Bengal Gram Dal is rich in protein (22 grams/100 grams), very low Glycemic Index making it suitable for diabetics and healthy eating. It is an excellent source of fiber too (15.8 grams/100 grams). This means that the blood sugar goes up gradually and it provides for longer satiety. You can make a salad using raw soaked chana dal or cooked chana dal. You can even make this baked crispy chana dal and add it to salads for a crunch factor.
Do check out the other vegetarian/vegan protein-rich Tata I-Shakti lentil recipes in this series:
Recipe for Paruppusili stuffed Dal Parathas (Vegan if oil is used to cook parathas)
Recipe for Misal Masala Dosa (Gluten-free, Vegan)
Recipe for Moong Dal Cheela with crunchy peanut-chilli-sesame topping (Gluten-free, Vegan)
Recipe for Pesarattu with Alu Chokha / Alu Bhate filling (Gluten-free, Vegan)
Recipe for Karnataka Sambar with Masoor Dal (Gluten-free, Vegan)
This recipe is a part of the Tata I-Shakti Dal T20 Tadka Campaign.
The recipe is also shared on the Tata I Shakti website.
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