Cauliflower Chana Dal Masala Curry

Gobi channa dal masala curry
Cauliflower Channa dal Masala Curry

There’s something special about Cauliflower that makes it an anytime favorite for all the members in my house. Little bit of seasoning and a mild roast gives it a wonderful taste that few vegetables can match. My dish today is a new curry with cauliflower. I tried a bold variation  from the usual Cauliflower curry with a new spice combination and  chana dal (split bengal gram) and it turned just like I hoped for!

So here’s the recipe for Cauliflower-Channa dal masala curry! This creamy and flavorful curry can be served with plain rice, chapathi or puri 🙂


  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 cup boiled Channa dal
  • Florets from 1 medium cauliflower
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 5-10 cashews ( optional)
  • 1/2 inch ginger chopped
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • Salt
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 4 cloves
Gobi Channa dal masala curry
Cauliflower Channa dal Masala Curry


  • Soak the cauliflower florets in warm water for 10 minutes and keep them aside.
  • Boil the Channa dal with a cup of water in pressure cooker and keep it aside.
  • Sauté cloves and saunf with 2 tsp of oil in a small pan until saunf turns golden brown.
  • Now, add minced ginger and green chili and sauté for another 30-45 seconds.
  • Follow up with chopped onions. When onions turn transparent, add chopped tomatoes.
  • Add cashews (optional) and continue to cook. In about a minute, take it off the heat. Add a cup of water and blend into a smooth paste.
  • Place a  medium size pan over medium heat and fry the cauliflower florets with 2 tsp oil. When the florets turn golden, add turmeric powder and chili powder to it.
  • Add the blended masala paste to the floret and continue to cook over medium heat. Add salt to taste.
  • In about 2 minutes, add the boiled Channa dal. Add water, if required
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.


Serve hot with rice or chapathi:)

Try this variation to spice up your dinner and let me know how it turns out. I hope your experience will be as special as mine!


Happy cooking!

Prep timeCook timeServes
30 Minutes3o Minutes4 to 6



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29 thoughts on “Cauliflower Chana Dal Masala Curry

  1. That looks amazing and so comforting! I love how versatile cauliflower is and how it can make any dish so creamy 🙂 Perfect dish for the season

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