Chana Dal is a split lentil, also known as chickpeas, that is very popular in Indian cuisine. When cooked, it has a very rich taste and aroma which makes it perfect for both sweet and savory dishes. Chana Dal is highly nutritious and it’s a great source of protein. Its high-quality protein content makes it a staple in the vegetarian diet.
Some people might confuse Chana Dal with the more popular Indian lentil, the Masoor Dal. This is because they are both split lentils and have similar cooking times. But there are some differences between them that you should know about before cooking them up!
The main difference between these two types of dal is how they are made from whole to split. Masoor dal is made from whole red lentils by splitting them with a machine called a “de-huller.” Chana Dal on the other hand starts off as whole green or brown lentils which are then soaked and finely ground