Shajnar Dal (Sahjan Dal) or Dal with drumsticks

Shajnar Dal (Sahjan Dal) or Dal with drumsticks


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About this recipe: This is a healthy vegetarian dish. Sahjan or shajna is very chewy and sumptuous. It is also a great way to just bring in some variation to the way you cook dal every day. Serve with plain white rice.

nadira_begum Dhaka, Bangladesh


  • 2 tablespoons of soybean oil
  • 1/2 cup of onion slices
  • 1 cup of masoor dal ( red lentil)
  • salt as needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ginger paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of red chili powder
  • water as needed
  • 4-5 drumsticks or shajna, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pach foron (five mixed spice blend of fenugreek seed, nigella seed, cumin seed, black mustard seed and fennel seed in equal parts)
  • 4-5 green chilies


  1. Heat a pan with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Fry the onions until golden brown. Add the dal and salt. Mix.
  2. Add the garlic and ginger pastes, turmeric and red chili powders. Stir and add 4 cups of water.
  3. When the dal has boiled, add the shajna pieces. Cook on low heat for 10 minutes. Set aside.
  4. In a separate pan heat the rest of the oil. Fry the pach foron. Now pour the dal on the hot oil with the pach foron.
  5. Stir and sprinkle the green chilies before serving.

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