Kobbari Senagapappu Kura – Coconut Chana dal Stir-fry

Cooking a dal dish atleast 4-5 times a week for lunch is a normal routine but on days when tur dal (usually with greens/tomato) is not cooked, its a dry saute dish like today’s recipe which calls for bengal gram and coconut. The thing to take care in this recipe is to not let the chana dal overcook, it should hold shape and soft on bite. Garlic adds another layer of taste and is crucial along with fresh grated coconut. Sweet, spicy, flavorful dry saute that absorbs the tempering beautifully and goes well.

Kobbari Senagapappu Kura – Coconut Chana dal Stir-fry

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  coconut
  •   chana dal


  •   1 small cup chana dal/senaga pappu
  •   2-3 tbsps grated fresh coconut
  •   1 onion, finely chopped
  •   2 green chillis
  •   1 carrot or few beans (diced and par-boiled) - optional
  •   1/2 tbsp oil
  • For seasoning/popu/tadka:

  •   1 tsp mustard seeds
  •   1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  •   1/2 tsp split gram dal
  •   4-5 garlic cloves, crushed
  •   2 dry red chillis, tear and de-seed
  •   few fresh curry leaves

Method for making Kobbari Senagapappu Kura – Coconut Chana dal Stir-fry

Pressure cook the dal till it turns soft but not mushy. Par boil the beans or carrots and keep aside.
Heat oil in a cooking vessel, add the mustard seeds and let them splutter, followed by the urad dal and cumin seeds, let the dal and cumin change color. Add the curry leaves, dry red chillis, garlic and stir fry for a few seconds.
Add the green chillis and chopped onons and saute till the onions turn transparent. (At this stage add the carrots or beans and stir fry for 3-4 mts.) If not using vegetables, add the cooked chana dal once the onions turn transparent.
Add the cooked dal and salt and combine well and let it simmer for 2-3 mts. Add the grated coconut and stir fry for 4-5 mts.
Serve with rice and rasam.


  • http://www.cookingandme.blogspot.com Nags

    oooooohh. now here is something else i need to try. i just tried and posted Sra’s broad beans with dal.

  • http://creativesaga.blogspot.com sowmya

    nice recipe..nevr tried making side dishes with chana dal..will try this

  • http://maninas.wordpress.com/ Maninas

    mmmm sounds great!

    have you ever had chana with sesame? very nice combo, too!

  • Sireesha

    This kind of curry tastes great. I usually use french beans in Chanadal and coconut curry. Adding a little ginger gives nice aroma and taste to the curry.

  • http://chandrabhaga.blogspot.com AnuSriram

    Easy to make recipe… Thanks for the tip!

  • http://www.musicalskitchen.blogspot.com musical

    Burst of fresh flavors! This is such a nourishing dish!

  • http://www.aayisrecipes.com shilpa

    I never tried this with garlic. I will have to try soon. Thanks for a lovely dish Sailu.

  • Madhu

    mmm nice dish, looks pretty yummy!!

  • Rathna

    Hi Sailu,

    Reminded me of my Mom. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ We call it ‘Sundal’.

  • http://funnfud.blogspot.com Mansi

    That looks refreshing Sailu!:)

  • Mrudula

    Thank you Sailu for posting the recipe… I was excited to see the recipe.. This reminds me of my Mom.. I still remmeber during my childhood days this was the only way I ever had coconut… hanks once again…

  • http://www.burntmouth.com Zlamushka

    Sailu, this is a really pretty looking dish, so ful of colors ๐Ÿ™‚

  • http://ramkicooks.blogspot.com/ Ramki

    Am blogging your Kura as a model recipe in the 1001 Andhra curries cookbook at http://ramkicooks.blogspot.com/


  • Deepa

    Hi Sailu,

    I regularly try recipes from your site. I was not very sure about how this one would turn out, especially with the garlic addition. But I’ve done it now and I think it is fantastic!! It will become part of our regular kootus I think.

    Thanks very much and looking forward to more recipes…..

  • karuna

    Dear Sailugaru

    I am really happy to see your site..i am married recently and i struggle a lot for cooking, since i live abroad i dont have anybody’s help..ur site is really very helpful…can you please tell how many whistles should i have to leave the pressure cooker for making the chana dhal?

    For senga pappu (channa dal) if you want a very soft pappu, 4 whistles will do.

    • gavi

      If Somebody is still looking for the answer Usually one whistle should be good for chanadal and/or carrot cubes

  • Manasa Murty

    Yum!! Definitely making this beans this friday..will make a good comfort food on the weekend:)