Diwali the festival of lights is fast approaching. Making a variety of sweets and savory snacks is a normal ritual.This year is a low key affair . Even then we are treating ourselves with a lot of sweet and savory dishes. It is an important festival in the Hindu calendar as it is to celebrate the victory of good over evil. It is celebrated in all parts of the world with great fervor and harmony. I would like to share with you another lip smacking recipe of Masaledar Channa dal(Snack). It is quick and easy to prepare especially for people like me who are working from home .

What is Channa dal ?

Chana Dal are brown chickpeas that have been split and skinned/polished. They have the same earthy and nutty flavor as brown chickpeas. They are widely used in Indian cuisine . We can make dal, vada, or snacks like the one i am sharing here, parathas, sprouts ,salad (kosambari) ,sundal etc..

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Ingredients for Masaledar Channa dal(Snack):

  • Channa Dal : Channa dal is one of the main ingredient in Indian Cuisine. In South India it is used everyday for tadka / tempering.It is know to reduce cholestrol.
  • Jeera : Jeera aids digestion and is a rich source of Iron.
  • Paprika :Paprika is rich in antioxidants and Vitamin A. Adds a nice color to the dish.
  • Dried Fenugreek Leaves : This is powerhouse of nutrients and has many health benefits. Adds a nice flavor to the dish.
  • Kaanda Lehsun Masala:This is a flavorful store bought masala. It adds nice flavor and spice kick to the dish.
  • Cumin Powder: Another flavor ingredient with all the health benefits.
  • Oil: I have used Olive oil .You can use any odourless oil.
  • Salt: A major ingredient
  • Curry Leaves: Aids digestion and has many health benefits. I love the crisp curry leaves .
  • Cashews: Give a rich taste to the dish. I love fried cashews.
  • Dry Mango Powder:Improves your digestion and helps to fight acidity
  • Chilli Powder: Adds some spice kick to the dish.

Recipe for Masaledar Channa dal(Snack):

  • Author: Preethi Prasad
  • Prep Time : 5 hrs 10 mins (Including Soaking Time )
  • Cook Time : 25 Mins
  • Total Time : 5 Hrs 35 Mins
  • Course : Snack
  • Cuisine : Indian


  • 1 Cup Channa Dal / Split Chickpeas
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3/4 Tsp Kaanda Lehsun Masala
  • 2 Tbsp Kasoori Methi
  • 3/4 Tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 Tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 15 Curry Leaves
  • 1/2 Tsp Jeera / Cumin Powder
  • 1 Tsp Jeera
  • 1/2 Tsp Dry Mango Powder
  • Salt to Taste
  • 15 Cashews


  • Soak Channa dal for about 4 hours.
  • After 4 hours strain the channa dal and transfer it on to a clean cotton cloth to absorb the excess moisture.
  • Spread them on a plate to speed up drying
  • Ensure the channa dal has to be completely dry.
  • Heat a wide bottom pan . Add 1/2 tbsp oil .
  • Roast Cashews and curry leaves. Once crisp transfer them on to a plate.
  • In the same pan heat the remaining oil. Add Jeera and the dry channa dal.
  • Roast them on medium flame untill they are crisp . Do not burn them . It took about 15 minutes for me.
  • Once they are crisp add Kaanda lehsun masala , kasoori methi, dry mango powder, jeera powder , salt , paprika and chilli powder.
  • Mix all the ingrdients untill channa dal is well coated with the spices.
  • Add the roasted cashews and curry leaves .
  • Mix them and store in an airtight container.


  • In case you do not have Kaanda lehsun masala then you can use garam masala.
  • Add dehydrated Garlic
  • Add peanuts or Almonds in case you do not like cashews
  • Adjust Spice level as per your tolerance
  • You can replace channa dal with Monng dal too.
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  1. Chana Dal looks so spicy and tempting.. must be so flavourful with all the spices used here..I just love this to munch with my evening tea.. thanks for this awesome recipe.. will try

  2. I first thought, you have deep fried the chana dal but you have roasted it. Such a healthy delicious treat. Loved tje idea of adding kanda lahsun masala to give a spicy kick to the snack.

  3. Chana Dal looks so chatpati and very much inviting, i’m sure they must be so flavorful. It looks absolutely yummy. Homemade namkeen are always best. I have never tried this namkeen at home, thanks for sharing. I will give a try soon.

  4. Wow Preethi, a healthier version of masaledar channa dal. Usually its deep fried but like your method of roasting the dal in little oil. Just love how the masala coats each and every dal. Super tempting.

  5. I love this snack. It’s healthy, crunchy, and yummy. Very filling too. It’s been a long time since I made this snack. Your post reminded me to make this again.

  6. Hem lata srivastava

    We always make chana dal namkeen at home on holi but you make it more healthier by roasting. It looks so spicy. Yumm

  7. Chana dal snack is looking so scrumptious and delicious. So crispy and crunchy. Just loving the healthy twist you have given to it. Will surely try this recipe soon.

  8. Love the way you have roasted the chana dal instead of deep frying that makes it guilt free. I make it almost same way except addition of dried fenugreek leaves and lahsun masala . It makes it more flavorful.

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