Bangladeshi style Dal recipe - Chalta Dal- Chef Biplab

Chalta Dal / Red lentil with elephant apple

Chalta Dal

Chalta is the Bengali name of elephant apple . Bengali people mainly use elephant apple for making pickle . In this recipe we cook red lentil with elephant apple .


100 g. lentil

100  g. chalta ( elephant apple)

50 g. shredded onion

30 g. chopped garlic

10 g. garlic paste

10 g. ginger paste

01 tsp turmeric powder

01 tsp cumin powder

01 tsp dry red chili powder

01 tsp coriander powder

01 tbsp. salt or ( as per taste)

04-05 pcs green chili

02-03 pcs dry red chili

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

02 pcs bay leaf

Oil for cooking

Water for cooking


  1. Soaked the lentil for about 01 hour then drain the water  . Cut the elephant apple by strip cut .
  2.  Put the lentil in a deep cooking pan and add 04 cup of water, ginger paste, garlic paste, salt, turmeric powder , cumin powder , coriander powder then boil it . When lentil will be soft that’s time use a lentil whisk for mash the lentil and cook more 05 minuets . Add chalta ( elephant apple) on lentil
  3. On the other side , make a pan medium high heat add the dry red chili, bay leaf, cumin seed on the pan and wait for temper . Put oil on the pan then add shredded onion and chopped garlic , stir well and wait for onion & garlic become brown color . After onion & garlic  become brown color transfer to lentil pan  and mixed well .
  4.  Adjust with salt  before finished cooking , if you want you can use coriander leaf for garnishing  . Serve the “chalta dal ( elephant apple with lentil )” with any type of rice dish or roti .


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