Cauliflower Chana Dal Curry| Cauliflower Senagapappu | How to Make Cauliflower Chanadal Curry


This curry cooked with Cauliflower and Bengal Gram boiled with a flavorful paste of Coconut, Onion, and Tomato is very tasty eaten with either Roti or Rice.

Most people like Cauliflower. But they have no idea about the many ways in which this vegetable can be cooked, and so they either make a simple Cauliflower fry or just cook it with Tomatoes. What I am going to suggest may not be so special a recipe, but it is a novel combination and is very tasty.

This is a mild curry without many spices. The Cauliflower Bengal Gram Curry is light on the stomach and appealing on the tongue!!!

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• Cut the Cauliflower into pieces and immerse for a little while in hot water. Any worms or insects will float to the top.

• Fry the Cauliflower lightly to get rid of the raw smell. You need not fry it much.

Bengal Gram (Chana Dal):

• Bengal Gram needs to be soaked for 2-3 hours. However, in case you are short of time, soak it in hot water for some time. The Dal will soften quickly!!!

Some more tips:

• If you like you may substitute Cauliflower with Broccoli.

• You may also substitute Bengal Gram with soft boiled Chickpeas, Green Gram (Moong/Pesalu), Cowpea Beans (Lobiya), Horse Gram (Kulthi/Ulavalu) to bring variety to your daily cooking.

Cauliflower Chana Dal Curry| Cauliflower Senagapappu | How to Make Cauliflower Chanadal Curry - Recipe Video

Cauliflower Chana Dal Curry| Cauliflower Senagapappu | How to Make Cauliflower Chanadal Curry

Curries | vegetarian
  • Prep Time 1 min
  • Soaking Time 2 hrs
  • Cook Time 25 mins
  • Total Time 2 hrs 26 mins
  • Serves 6


  • 300 gms Cauliflower Pieces
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • Turmeric(haldi) (a little)
  • 1/4 Cup Bengal Gram (Chana Dal/ Senagapappu)
  • For the Gravy:
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tbsp Cumin (Zeera)
  • 2 tbsp Coriander (Dhanya seeds)
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 1 Onion (Sliced)
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Coconut Pieces
  • 3 Tomato (Diced) (Large sized)
  • Salt
  • 1 tbsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/4 tbsp Turmeric (Haldi)
  • For the Curry
  • 1/2 tbsp Cumin
  • 3 Sprigs Curry Leaves
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1.5 Cup Water
  • Kothimir (Coriander Leaves) (a little)


  1. Soak Chana Dal in hot water to get good results quickly
  2. Heat oil and fry Cauliflower pieces with Turmeric for 2-3 minutes. Take the pieces out.
  3. . Add a little more oil and put in Zeera, Dhaniya seeds, Green chillies and sliced onions. Fry till the onion turns soft
  4. Add fresh coconut pieces in the softened onion and fry for one minute. Then, add diced tomatoes, salt, Chilli Powder, Turmeric and let it cook until the tomatoes start shedding their skin. Grind this mixture using some water to make a fine paste.
  5. Heat a little oil and add Zeera and Curry Leaves. Now add the ground coconut-onion paste and the soaked Dal along with 1.5 cups water and let it cook till the Chana Dal is cooked soft.
  6. Now add the fried Cauliflower pieces to the soft Dal mixture. Cook till the Caulflower is cooked soft, Sprinkle a few Coriander leaves and take down from the fire.

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    This is an amazing recipe, Vismai! There are no others like it. I made it and it was incredible! The cauliflower and daal were just perfect with naan. Thank you for this slice of heaven!