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Chana Dal Namkeen Recipe (Bengal Gram Lentil Snack): bursting with flavors, this traditional crunchy – salty Indian snack is made using chana dal and spices. Can be made by frying or in an air-fryer.
Homemade snacks always have that special touch that makes them even more enjoyable and this ‘Chana Dal Namkeen – also known as Split Bengal Gram Lentil Snack’ is a crispy and spicy snack.
Perfect for sharing with friends and family, serving at parties, or simply indulging in during your coffee/tea time.
It’s easily customizable, which means you can adjust the spice levels to your liking and experiment with different spices and seasonings to suit your taste. Also, you can use a ‘different method – like frying or air frier’ to make them.
It’s made using few ingredients that are commonly found in most Indian households or others too like:
I’ve divided the process into smaller sub-categories to make it easier:
Soak the Dal:
we start by soaking the dal for 2-3 hours in water along with baking soda. This helps fluff up the dal, hence making it airy.
Drying the Dal:
Once the dal is nicely puffed up, we air-dry it using a kitchen towel for 10-15 minutes. Make sure all the water is removed.
You can even leave it under a fan for that much time to dry or keep it in direct sunlight.
Cooking the Namkeen (Frying or Air Frier):
You can make this namkeen/snack any way you please, by either frying the puffed-up dal till it’s crispy or using an air-frier to crisp it.
If you are using an air-frier, I suggest keeping the temperature low, so that the lentils/dal is cooked evenly and doesn’t burn.
This namkeen or snack can be served as is or accompanied with tea/coffee or lemonades.
Can be served with other Indian snacks too.
You do not need any chutney or sauce to serve along with them.
You NEED to store this in an air-tight container for it to last longer and hold its crispiness.
Keep it in a cool dry place and not in the refrigerator.
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Serve fresh or store in an air-tight container for later use.
Chaat Masala: you can easily find it in any Indian grocery store or can use 'citric acid' to give it a lemony flavor.