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For the Chicken:
- 3tbsp oil
- 2 onions, chopped
- 1/2 bulb garlic, minced
- 1 medium-sized chicken, bone-in, curry cut (mine weighed 875g)
- 3 tsp salt, or to taste
- 0.5 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp red chilli powder
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 2 tsp coriander powder
- 4 small tomatoes, chopped
For the Chana Dal
- 1 cup chana dal, soaked for at least one hour
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp salt
For the Tadka
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1.5 medium onions, thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp cumin seeds
- 4 dried red chillis
Methods To Make:
- Start by putting all the chana dal ingredients to boil on medium-high heat with lots of water. Cook these until they are just cooked through, but still holding their shape. Reserve the cooking water.
- Separately, heat oil in a deep pot and add the chopped onions. Fry till these are translucent and lightly golding.
- Add the garlic, all the spices and the chicken. Fry this all well until the chicken begins to brown
- Add the chopped tomatoes, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Once the simmer time is up, uncover and add in the chana dal, as well as about one cup of the reserved water.
- Bring it all to a boil, then cover and simmer again on low for 20 minutes. You will likely need to add more water, so keep checking and topping up the water if necessary. Remember, this curry has a tendency to absorb a lot of water, therefore keep the curry a bit more liquidy than appears to be enough.
- Once the curry is ready, start on the tadka. Heat up the tadka oil in a small frying pan on medium heat and add the onions. Stir the onions constantly, allowing them to become a golden colour. Once you’re at a light golden shade, add the cumin and dried red chillis. Continue to fry and stir until the onions become dark golden. Immediately take off the heat and pour the oil over the Chicken Dal.
- Serve immediately!
If you are using a chicken that takes longer to cook, e.g. hardboiled chicken, add half a cup of water alongside the tomatoes and cook for a total of half an hour, or as long as it takes to get the chicken almost done.
Tips for Your Dal Chicken
- You can boil the chana dal in advance and store it in the fridge, to use when you’re ready. It would be a good idea to reserve the water too, as it contains a lot of flavours that we’ll be using in the curry
- I like to keep the chana dal in the same pot as I cook it and when it’s needed, I use a slotted spoon to transfer the dal into the chicken pot.
- You will need to add back quite a lot of water into the curry. Daals have a tendency to absorb a lot of moisture, therefore be prepared to adding back quite a lot of the chana dal water. In fact, even after you finish cooking the curry the lentils will continue to absorb moisture therefore you may feel the need to add additional water if you plan on eating it later
- For the best tadka, you need to stay close by and stir constantly on medium heat. It’s very tempting to cook the tadka on high heat, however, this will result in your onions not browning evenly and maybe even burning, which will ruin the flavour of the curry
- You can slice a few cloves of garlic too, if you like a prominent garlicky taste, to add to the tadka. Add them in a few moments before you add the cumin seeds
- If you won’t be serving this immediately, don’t add the tadka. Save the tadka for just before serving.