Delicious Dudhi Channa

Delicious Dudhi Channa

Dudhi channa 

with roti and lime pickle 

A simple and nutritious North Indian vegan favourite. No fuss or frills but pure deliciousness in the form of dal and fibrous vegetables. This is the perfect wholesome weeknight meal, packed with powerful and pungent Indian spices. Something for the whole family to enjoy. 

TIME: 1 hr 10 minutes

top tips

  • Add a squeeze of lemon or a pinch of mango powder at the very end of cooking to add some zing and bring the dish to life.
  • Serve with rice, roti and lime pickle!


  • Cooked Channa 400g

  • Onion 2

  • Doodhi 2

  • Fresh Coriander 2 bunches

  • Cumin Seeds 2 tsp

  • Mustard Seeds 2 tsp

  • Fresh Ginger 3 inch chunk, grated

  • Green Chilli 3

  • Garlic 4, crushed

  • Kashmiri Chilli Powder 1.5tsp

  • Turmeric 1tsp

  • Ground Coriander 1.4tsp

  • Garam Masala 2tsp


1.Peel and dice the onion. Trim the top and bottom of the dudhi, peel and chop into 1/2 inch chunks 
2. Roughly chop the fresh coriander and set aside until required 
3. Heat a splash of oil in a large saucepan and fry the cumin and the mustard seeds for 1 minute 
4. Add the chopped onion and a pinch of salt. Fry to soften the onions for 6-7 minutes
5. Next, add the grated ginger, chillis and garlic. Fry for another 2 minutes 
6. Add the kashmiri chilli powder, turmeric powder, ground coriander,ground cumin 1.5 tsp and a splash of water. Stir well, add the tomato puree and cook for another 2 minutes
7. Add the chopped dudhi, along with the palm sugar and 500ml (1 litre) of boiling water. Boil, then turn to a simmer for 15 minutes to soften the dudhi 
8. Once softened, add the channa dhal with another 300ml (600ml) of boiling water. Continue to cook for another 10-15 minutes until the lentils become soft and pappy 
9. Check the seasoning and add to your taste. Stir in the garam masala and half of the chopped coriander.
10. If you’re serving with roti, now is a good time to place them in the oven to warm 
11. Divide the dudhi channa between bowls and garnish with the remaining chopped coriander. Finally, serve with the rotis and the lime pickle and enjoy!   

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