Creamy Split Peas (Channa Dal)

channa dal
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 75 mins


1cup channa dal or yellow split peas, well rinsed
8cups water, divided
1/2teaspoon turmeric powder
3tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1teaspoon garlic, minced
1teaspoon cumin seeds
1small red onion, diced
3/4teaspoon salt
1/4cup heavy cream


  1. Soak dal in 4 cups water for 1 hour. Drain.
  2. Combine turmeric, 1 tablespoon oil, garlic and 4 cups water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add dal; cook 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium, cover partially, and cook until peas are very soft, about 30 minutes. Reduce heat; simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a medium skillet. Add cumin seeds. When they sizzle (about 30 seconds), add onion; sauté until brown, about 8 minutes.
  4. Stir into dal. Add salt and cream; mix well.

Recipe by Monica Bhide.

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 330
  • Glycemic Load 0
  • Fat 16g
  • Saturated Fat 4g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 4g
  • Cholesterol 20mg
  • Sodium 440mg
  • Potassium 55mg
  • Carbohydrate 36g
  • Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 3g
  • Protein 14g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Vitamin A 4%
  • Vitamin C 4%
  • Calcium 4%
  • Iron 8%
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