Fat Free Vegan Tarka Chana Dal



  • 2 cups split dried chickpeas (chana dal) or  yellow lentils
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 inches of ginger, minced (or 1 tsp ginger powder)
  • 1 14.5 oz can fire roasted crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp mustard seeds
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • Salt  and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 7-8 cups of water


*powdered spices can be used in place of whole ones if you prefer.

*Place whole spices in a piece of cheesecloth & tie closed with string.   Remove before serving.



Combine ingredients, mix well and cover. Set the slow cooker to low. Cook approximately 4- 5 hours. Season to taste with salt, pepper and additional spices if desired.

You can also cook this on the stove, but you may need more water. Combine ingredients, and bring to a boil. reduce heat to low and cook for approximately 90 minutes or until chickpeas/lentils are soft. Stir often and check the water level so it does not burn to the bottom of the pot.

You can serve this as a side dish, or even as a main meal with rice.


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One thought on “Fat Free Vegan Tarka Chana Dal

  1. Oh yeah! i love slow cooker recipes. it sounds yummy! i’ll let you know when i make it. Thanks!

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