July 30, 2021: Crisp and flaky on the outside and soft and smooshy on the inside, luchis define the food culture of Bengal. Listed among globally acclaimed iconic Bengali dishes like roshogolla and macher jhol, Luchi ar Cholar Dal is one such meal combination that’s both homely and rich!
Luchi ar Cholar Dal
There are variants of Luchi spread all over our country India, as you go up its the cruncher and puffed Poori’s of North India, and as you move east it’s the softer Luchi, the typical Bengali version.
Goes marvellously with a simple aloo ki sabzi (aloor torkari), begun bhaja (baingan fry) or cholar dal (Bengali-style chana dal) and delivers a stunner of a breakfast staple for every Bengali.
Luchi is also famous for its duo with chicken or mutton kosha and that’s straight out-of-the-world delicious.
When you’re invited to dine at a quintessential Bengali household, you will find luchi with torkari (side-dish) sitting proud as the permanent star on the meal spread. It is also popular in Bihar, Odisha and other neighbouring states.
As hardcore foodies, there’s always this urge and desire to try cuisines from all knocks and corners of the world! Well, if you ever yearn for a traditional Bengali dish that’s rich and savoury, seek no more and prepare to try a wholesome plate of luchi and torkari.
In this article we will share the recipe of the Bengali delight luchi ar Cholar Dal, to give your kitchen and your folks that shuddha Bengali feeling, right at home!
Recipe: Luchi Cholar Dal
1. 2 cups refined flour
2. As needed oil
3. Salt as per your need
4. Water as required
5. 2 cups cholar dal
6. 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
7. 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
8. 2 teaspoons chole masala
9. 4 chopped green chillies
10. 1 bay leaf
11. ½ teaspoon jeera
12. 3 chopped tomatoes
13. 1 teaspoon milk powder
14. 1 teaspoon dry fenugreek leaves
15. A pinch of hing
16. ½ cup chopped coconut
1. The process needs a bit of prep. Soak the dal over night, then boil it in the pressure cooker till a single whistle, then let it rest.
2. Heat in a pan some chopped coconut fry little then keep in the bowl. Then add bay leaves, jeera and hing.
3. To the pan add the chopped tomatoes add green chilli, red chilli powder and mix it well.
4. Now, add the chole masala, fried coconut, one teaspoon milk powder and stir them well. Then add garam masala powder, some fenugreek leaves and mix well. Take the boiled chole dal and stir it, cook until the dal is soft and cooked perfectly.
To make the Luchi:
1. In a medium sized mixing bowl, take the flour, salt and one tablespoon oil. Mix it well, adding water slowly. Prepare the dough and add few drops of oil to it. Let it rest in the closed bowl for 20 minutes.
2. After the setting time, uncover and make little balls from the dough, and roll the balls into small circles.
3. Heat another pan, and add some oil. When the oil is ready, add the flattened luchi circles and deep fry.
Luchi ar Cholar Dal is ready for your perfect meal! Enjoy!